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.
Jul 11, 2013

International Team Completes June Mission

Intensive Concentration is Needed After Surgery
Intensive Concentration is Needed After Surgery

Eight infants and children received live-saving open-heart surgery between June 22 and 30, from our 10-member international team of medical professional gathered from children's hospitals in France, Colombia, and Palestine.  Although the team had hoped to inaugurate our new Pediatric Heart Center of Nicaragua by being the first team to perform surgery there, unforeseen delays in equipment installation made that impossible, and the team was invited to use the operating room facilities in the neighboring La Mascota Children's Hospital.

Philippe Lerch, our Regional Director stationed in Managua, reported this week that the health ministry (MINSA) has assigned a full-time technician to speed the equipment installation along.

We are pleased to report that Emily, a little girl from a remote village in Nicaragua, will be scheduled for her surgery during the November mission.  During this mission, she made the trip from her village to Managua to be seen by Dr. Mireya Araica, Cardiologist at La Mascota, and by our team leader and head surgeon, Dr. Dominique Metras of France. Unfortunately, Emily was suffereing from a bit of pneumonia, so Drs. Araica and Metras recommended that her surgery wait until the pneumonia clears up.  Emily came to our attention when a volunteer organization from Colorado visited her village as part of their project to bring better living conditions, and later contacted us to see if our program in Nicaragua could help her with her heart problem.  They have been instrumental in helping to arrange for Emily's transportation from her village to Managua. 

Work continues on the supplying of the new hospital.  We have launched a new microproject through Global Giving to provide warming blankets for infants following surgery when their hearts and bodies need to be chilled down.  After surgery, it is vital to get them warmed up quickly, as their little bodies have not developed the capacity for temperature regulation. Our microproject can be found at http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/warming-children-after-heart-surgery/

Please join with us and Global Giving in continuing your support of our project to provide access to heart surgery in Latin America.  Your continuing support is making it happen.

Emerging from Surgery with the Team
Emerging from Surgery with the Team
Team Conference in the ICU
Team Conference in the ICU
New Pediatric Heart Center
New Pediatric Heart Center

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Jun 3, 2013

New Heart Center to Open this Month

Collaborative Team Gathers
Collaborative Team Gathers

June will bring tremendous progress to Surgeons of Hope's program in Nicaragua with the opening of the new Pediatric Heart Center, adjacent to La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua.  The Health Ministry of Nicaragua is equally excited about this first opening, which will be a phased-in program, featuring the opening of one of the two operating rooms, and half of the ICU unit furnished.  The formal Grand Opening is scheduled for 2014, but this opening will be celebrated as the first surgical mission team will gather in late June, coming from France, Palestine, and Colombia, to perform the first surgeries in the new facility.  The team of ten is looking forward to their historic role in providing access to pediatric open-heart surgery for the poor in Nicaragua.

Surgeons of Hope has been working hard to provide furnishings for the new Center.  A new operating room table is on its way from Germany, and operating room lights are being sent as a donation from a hospital in Delaware. Two huge shipping containers full of ICU beds and regular hospital beds, monitoring equipment and supplies have arrived safely in Managua from New York (AFYA) and Denver (Project CURE).  They have cleared Customs, and are awaiting trucking from the Health Ministry warehouse to the new Heart Center.  Philippe Lerch, our SoH Regional Director for the Nicaragua Program, is in Managua to oversee the furnishing of the new Center, and he is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the trucks bearing the new equipment and supplies.

While the donations of supplies and equipment have been on-going, Surgeons of Hope still needs you, our GlobalGiving family.  Your faithfulness to our efforts is a great joy to us, as your donations will provide for the necessities that accompany this equipping effort.  The local staff at La Mascota is earnest in welcoming the improvements to their pediatric care capabilities, but there are real challenges that remain.  While they wish to be able to do a better job with sterilization, for example, they are hampered by lack of the supplies that are necessary to achieve that progress.  Everything from pump dispensers for hand soap and right up the supply ladder is sorely needed. That's where our GlobalGiving team comes in.

Please consider doing what you can to help and if you are a past donor, please give again. 

Existing Anesthesia Conditions
Existing Anesthesia Conditions
New Operating Room Ready for Equipment
New Operating Room Ready for Equipment
Team Prepares to Unpack Surgical Supplies
Team Prepares to Unpack Surgical Supplies

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Mar 22, 2013

Mt Sinai Medical Center Completes Surgical Mission

Operation in progress
Operation in progress

A 19-member surgical/medical team from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York has returned from an SoH sponsored week-long mission trip to La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua, the site of SoH's new Pediatric Heart Center of Nicaragua.  Reports are in from the doctors who treated the nine waiting infants and children.  During the week, one of the little infants expired from being too weak to recover from the complex surgery, underscoring the urgency of opening the new Heart Center and the planned satellite clinics which will speed the care to the population.

The new Heart Center is completed now, and the next three phases will see the equipment and furnishings being installed.  Phase One will open one operating room and two ICU beds in June of this year (2013), and we will be sponsoring a mission from NY Presbyterian Hospital to visit for the week and celebrate the opening with a week of surgeries and on-going training of the local staff. 

Two full containers of purchased and donated medical equipment and supplies are being shipped this month (March) to arrive in time for the opening.  One container will go from Denver (Project CURE) and the other from New York.  The containers include hospital beds, ICU beds, monitors, surgical insruments appropriately sized for infants and children, perfusion equipment, echocardiography equipment, and more.  Also being shipped is a Smartboard unit, a gift from Ronald McDonald House Charities, to be put to great use in training and telemedicine programs we are initiating as part of our program.  Needless to say, the local hospital staff are excited to be seeing their new Pediatric Heart Center take shape. 

Thanks to our Global Giving donors our program is proceeding apace.  Much needs to be done in preparation for the opening.  We continue to need the help of our family of Global Giving Donors.  Why not distribute this report to family and friends who might be willing to join with you in supporting Surgeons of Hope?  Small donations add up.

Part of the team gathers for photo
Part of the team gathers for photo
Mother Providing a Drink of Water
Mother Providing a Drink of Water
Little One Preparing for Surgery
Little One Preparing for Surgery

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