30th June 2022
Chain of Hope regrets the passing of our Trustee and Vice- President, Professor Marc de Leval.
Professor de Leval was a Vice-President and Trustee on the Board of Chain of Hope. Professor Marc de Leval was famous within the cardiothoracic world for his pioneering work in paediatric and neonatal cardiac surgery.
He performed Great Ormond Street Hospital’s first heart transplant in 1988, which was then responsible for kick-starting their Heart and Lung transplantation programme for children.
Professor de Leval joined Chain of Hope in 2003. He led paediatric surgery missions to Jamaica to treat children suffering from heart disease. Professor de Leval played a key role in training, strategy and quality assurance as a Vice-President of the Charity.
In 2020 Professor de Leval released his autobiography titled, Humanity and Humility; 40 years in Children’s Heart Surgery with all proceeds going to Chain of Hope’s work helping to provide care for patients with heart disease as they go on to adolescence and adulthood.
His passing is a huge loss to the charity but his work and legacy will continue to impact the cardiac world and children’s lives.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and patients whose lives he has impacted with his kindness and exceptional career.