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This project began in 2003 by sending children to the United States to receive cancer treatment at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Later, children with cancer were transferred to Culiacan where, for six years, more than 60 children from Baja California Sur were treated.

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HELPING CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS BY CONTRIBUTING TO BUILD A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

SpiritLoveSince 2004, we had sent 25 children to receive life-saving medical care (not related to cancer) in the United States. The majority of them received heart surgeries and other therapeutic procedures for CHD at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (OCHMC).

In 2013, the first open heart surgery in the state of Baja California Sur was performed by Dr. James Hammel, from OCHMC and his team in the ISSSTE Hospital in La Paz. Later that year, a second surgical mission was done in Salvatierra Hospital.

Since June, 2013 and until April, 2016, 7 surgical rounds were performed in BCS by a collaborating team of Mexican and American doctors for a total of 81 surgeries on 78 children.

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CONGENITAL HEARTH DEFECTS IN MEXICO

• In Mexico, congenital malformations, deformities and chromosomal abnormalities, of which congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common, are the second cause of death in children under 4 years of age.

• In Baja California Sur, CHDs are the second cause of death in children under 1 year of age.

• In Mexico there is no reliable record yet of CHD, but in the U.S. 1% of all births are affected by a CHD.

• 25% of CHD cases will be critical and will need surgery during the first year of life.

• The average cost of treatment in a private health institution in the U.S. for each child with a CHD, is $23,000 dollars.

• Considering that in the last census of 2013, there were 12,500 births in BCS, we can estimate that we will have 100 newborns with CHD every year.

• In Europe, they perform 62 surgeries for every one million inhabitants with CHD. With the estimated population in BCS for 2015 (761,075), we can anticipate that approximately 47 babies born in 2015 will require a heart surgery at some point in their lives.

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Since its beginnings, LCCF has partnered with other local non-profits that share our vision of supporting children through programs that focus on their health. Through the Commitee for Grants and Medical Programs, our Board of Directors makes sure the donations we receive are well invested and contribute to giving the children better quality of life. The following organizations were approved to receive a grant to support their work from July 2015 to June 2016:

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Welcome Dr. Lacayo!

We are proud to introduce a new collaborator, who will be a key player for our Spirit of Love heart program. As a new element of the Salvatierra Hospital and together with the Ministry of Health and other local foundations such …

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A Decade of “Ducketts” at Querencia

This past February 20th, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation commemorated a decade of the Fred Duckett Challenge event. LCCF’s main fundraiser where past and new supporters were invited to join in for a grand celebration that was truly a magical event. …

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