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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 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!

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

Opening Hearts

Opening Hearts operates and organizes the cardiac surgery sessions 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 rounds 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 was born in 2013 with the aim 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 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. 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