Since 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 then, 9 surgical rounds have been held with the participation of the association Opening Hearts and Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and other visiting doctors of our country in collaboration with the local team of the permanent pediatric cardiology program.
In 2017, thanks to our support, the accreditation of the High Specialty Service of Congenital and Acquired Cardiovascular Surgical Disorders of the Fund against Catastrophic Expenses was achieved. This means that the permanent medical care for children with congenital heart defects in our state was accredited. One step closer for no children with a heart defect in Baja California Sur to be left behind!