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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

SpiritLoveCongenital Heart Defects are the second cause of mortality in children under the age of 4 in the state of Baja California Sur. Since the beginning, LCCF has been supporting cases related to heart malformations in minors. As a result in 2013, we were able to perform the first open heart surgery in B.C.S. Today we feel proud to have performed 116 additional surgeries, and to have contributed to the accreditation of the Pediatric Cardiology Program at Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, which ensures the long term care for children in the state. This has been possible thanks to the teamwork of local and foreign doctors and the sum of many joined efforts.

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Investment for 2017-2018 (USD)
Programas Apoyados 2017-2018
Estimated Children to be Benefited in 2017

Abriendo Corazones – Opening Hearts (ACOH)

Opening Hearts operates and organizes the cardiac surgery sessions, which are held twice a year at Salvatierra Hospital, as well as the constant training of the local pediatric cardiology team of said hospital. LCCF supports Opening Hearts with funds to cover operating expenses for these missions as well as training for the local pediatric cardiology staff who provide permanent care to children with congenital heart defects throughout the state.

Pediatric Cardiology

The Pediatric Cardiology Program, at Salvatierra Hospital of the Secretary of Health, was established in 2013, with the purpose of providing permanent care to the children of this state with congenital heart defects. Since 2004, the Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has been welcoming children from Baja California Sur who needed heart surgery. But now they only come twice a year to have surgery rounds at Salvatierra Hospital, in addition to training the local team involved in the program, both in Omaha as well as La Paz. Thanks to this, today it’s possible to diagnose and treat the children of our state throughout the year. The accreditation of this program has been the goal of everyone involved. LCCF continues to support this program with materials, supplies and equipment needed to provide quality service to the children of Baja California Sur.

PROGRAM STATISTICS

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