Congenital 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.
OUR GRANTEES FOR THE YEAR 2017-2018
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.
Abriendo Corazones – Opening Hearts (ACOH) 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.