Surgeons of Hope Foundation, Inc.

Surgeons of Hope's purpose is to bring local access to modern surgical care for indigent children with heart disease in Latin America. By building sustainable state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac hospitals, Surgeons of Hope provides lasting care to these children. Our motto "It's not only what we bring. It's what we leave behind" underscores our commitment to educating and sharing skills with our training programs that will enhance understanding and treatment of care.
Jun 30, 2015

Received a Lovely Gift

Two Years Later
Two Years Later

Occasionally, we receive news from our Nicaraguan project and always, such news is welcome.  You can imagine our pleasure late last week when we received a photo shared on electronic media from a devoted mother who was observing the second anniversary of her son's heart surgery at our new Pediatric Heart Center in Nicaragua.

This is why we do what we do.  Cristhian of Nicaragua, a young mother,.put together this heartwarming collage.   In the foreground is a 2013 photo of her son when he was an infant who underwent surgery at our Pediatric Heart Center in Nicaragua. Following surgery performed by Dr. Dominique Metras of France, the photo was taken by the team's anesthesiologist, Amar Hasan of Palestine. Dr. Hasan must have given this mother the photo as a keepsake. Now, two years later, the mother has provided a new photo of her son, smiling and healthy. Gracias, y saludos a su hijo.

We are happy to share this joyful story with our Global Giving family of donors who, after all, make so much of our program possible.  Our Nicaragua program is thriving, staff for the new Heart Center is expanding slowly but surely and supply lines are activating so that the Heart Center will be able to acquire medicines and supplies without Surgeons of Hope needing to order and ship to them.  This is the kind of progress that Surgeons of Hope, in partnership with you, is making.

In a personal message to us, the mother thanks Surgeons of Hope for the fact that her son is now healthy and leading the life of a normal child.

There is more to be done at our Heart Center.  There are challenges, of course, but the momentum is there.  We share this photo with you, with thanks.  Please consider a donation to Surgeons of Hope through Global Giving.  Every dollar helps to give a child the gift of a normal childhood.

Please give.  Even a small donation will help to bring about critically needed surgery and additional training for the local staff.

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Jun 9, 2015

First Catheterization Procedure Successful

Andro Heals by Blowing Bubbles
Andro Heals by Blowing Bubbles

Surgeons of Hope has made progress in a few directions since our last report in March.  In April our new Pediatric Heart Center welcomed a full mission team from Madrid, Spain, for a week of surgeries and training, and in May, a week-long catheterization mission team from Arizona and Idaho inaugurated the new catheterizaiton lab at the Heart Center.  The Mission was supported by Mending Kids Foundation.  A little girl received the first catheretization procedure and the outcome was successful, much to the joy of her family and the hospital staff.

During the Madrid mission, one of the little patients, Andro, recovered nicely from heart surgery at the Heart Center in Managua and enjoyed blowing soap bubbles as part of his recuperation process. The team of 13 specialists from Madrid was led by surgeon Juan-Miguel Gil, MD, and cardiologist Constancio Medrano. The April mission was a resounding success.

This week, two new pieces of equipment have been delivered to the Heart Center, one is a newly refurbished Philips ultrasound machine (donated by Let It Beat Foundation, in Geneva, Switzerland) and a perfusionist's CPB (Heart-Lung) pump.  Just this afternoon, we learned that a package of syringe pump parts has arrived safely, also.

"With this equipment, the Heart Center of Managua is now one of the most modern in Cenral America," commented Philippe Lerch, Nicaragua Program Director for Surgeons of Hope.  "This will help the local team to operate on growing numbers of children who desperately need surgery."

Surgeons of Hope has not and cannot do this without the help of our loyal Global Giving friends.  The children receiving care at our Heart Center may not know the source of their help, but we do, and we thank you.  Please continue your life-altering support.

Andro Taking Up Art
Andro Taking Up Art
Andro with the team cardiologist and his mother
Andro with the team cardiologist and his mother
Madrid Medical Team photo
Madrid Medical Team photo

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Mar 12, 2015

Belgian and French Teams Visit Heart Center

Post-Surgery with mother--Belgian Team
Post-Surgery with mother--Belgian Team's Mission

Recent weeks have seen growing heart-saving activity at the new Pediatric Heart Center in Managua, Nicaragua.  Two teams, one from Belgium and one from France, visited the Heart Center with differing mission concepts.  The Belgian team of 12 volunteers performed a standard mission of providing operations while training the local medical team.  10 children were operated on during the week that the Belgian team was there in mid-February. 

Then, in late February, a team of 3 from Mecenat Cardiaque, a Paris organization, visited the center to focus on echocardiography, studying the hearts of 30 children weakened by heart problems, and thought to be in advanced stages requiring the most complex of surgical procedures to be saved.  Genuinely moved by the numbers of cases, visiting cardiologist  Dr. Laurent Fermont, resolved to bring one child to Paris for surgery first, and then in future months to try to progressively bring more children for surgery in France.

Interviewed during the Belgian mission, cardiac surgeon Katrien Francois, MD, took time in the ICU to reflect upon the essence of their mission.  She noted with some gravity, that the Belgian team would not experience such advanced cases in their home country.  By visiting Nicaragua, her team was able to utilize aspects of their training geared toward helping children who had not been able to access care in a more timely manner--their situations were far beyond those usually found in the developed world where such problems are dealt with sooner.  For that reason, the Belgian team was grateful for the opportunity to visit our Heart Center.  They could experience the need, help the afflicted infants and children, and train the local medical team in essential procedures.

In April, a team will be traveling from Madrid, Spain, for their first visit to our Heart Center.  A volunteer team of 12 have agreed to go.  This team was assembled, thanks to the enthusiasm of one of the nurses at the children's hospital in Madrid.  Nurse Gemma was part of the French mission team of 2014, and upon  her return home, she resolved to assemble her colleagues into their own team and go back to Managua.

As Global Giving friends of Surgeons of Hope, you have contributed to bringing all of these volunteer teams to our Heart Center.  Think of the young lives of the children who have received desperately-needed help, and realize that each of you has had a hand in this success.  There is still more to be done, but we are getting there.

Commenting on the contributions of these various international teams, SoH Executive Director Charles Catherine said that these teams bring their various approaches to the work that we are doing in Nicaragua.  The local medical team, particularly Mireya Araica, MD, Cardiologist at the Heart Center, has praised the progress that she has seen all around her.  "I am excited that a Spanish-speaking team from one of the world's leading children's hospitals in Madrid is preparing for a mission," Mr. Catherine said.

Please continue to support our work to heal these children's hearts in Nicaragua.  Your Global Giving dollars go very far.

Working in the busy  ICU
Working in the busy ICU
Mecenat Cardique consultation session
Mecenat Cardique consultation session
Mecenat team with local hospital officials
Mecenat team with local hospital officials

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