Spirit of Love

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 November, 2016, 8 surgical rounds were performed in BCS by a collaborating team of Mexican and American doctors.

Spirit of Love

Local Organizations Supported 2016-2017
Dollars Invested in 2016
Children Benefited in 2016

SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

Opening Hearts

Dedicated to performing heart surgeries to children in BCS with two surgical missions per year at Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz, providing new life opportunities to more than a dozen children in each mission, as well as training the Mexican team.

Ayuda a Corazón de Niño

Their mission is to provide support for every child and teenager from Baja California Sur that is diagnosed with a heart disease, making the treatments that are indicated to their condition available, as well as following up on them to help improve their quality of life.

Benemérito Hospital General con Especialidades Juan María de Salvatierra

Supporting the accreditation of a Cardiology Program for the state of Baja California Sur.

CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

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

• 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.

• 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.

Symptoms Cardiopatias