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.
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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Jan 3, 2013

International Team Completes Mission

Final Stage of Construction
Final Stage of Construction

Progress on our project in Nicaragua has two successes to report.  The new Pediatric Heart Center of Nicaragua is virtually completed now, with inside walls being painted in December, 2012.  The coming months will see the acquisition and installation of modern hospital equipment to bring one of the two operating rooms and half of the facility to a ready-for-occupancy status for the targeted opening in spring of 2013.  The role that our GlobalGiving donors are playing in this equipping and supplying stage is impressive.  You have been with us from the early stages of construction, and you have supported our medical missions along with way, as the local team has increased in expertise and confidence in the complex procedures necessary for pediatric cardiac surgery.  For that, we thank you, but there is more to be done if we are to succeed with the 2013 opening of the new Center.

The other success to be reported is the completion of our latest medical mission, led by Dr. Dominique Metras, a noted Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon from Marseille, France, and his truly international team.  Dr. Metras gathered a team of colleagues from France (Paris, Marseille, and Bordeaux), Jerusalem, and Colombia to convene at La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua.  Dr. Metras reported smooth communication because a number of team members spoke fluent Spanish.

Surgery was performed on nine little patients (a tenth patient could not be accommodated for lack of the right equipment), five little girls and four little boys, ranging in age from nine months to 12 years.  Because the local team has achieved a high leven of competency, the local staff surgeons at La Mascota led the surgery, and the visiting team collaborated and advised.  This achievement is tremendous leap ahead in our program in Nicaragua.

Because of Hurricane Sandy, our team from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York needed to reschedule its mission from November to February, 2013.  They are all ready to go and eager to contribute their expertise in collaboration with the local team.  This will be their first mission with Surgeons of Hope Foundation.

Remember that this progress is substantially supported by you, our GlobalGiving donors.  Please remain with us as the active supporters and friends that you are, and let your friends know about us.  We are a very small office in New York, with no budget allocation for public relations, so it is largely up to you to help us spread the word in conversation, and by Facebook and Twitter.  There will be more positive news from us throughout 2013, so stay with us. 

Young Patient Awaits Pre-op Evaluation
Young Patient Awaits Pre-op Evaluation
Operation Underway
Operation Underway
Dr. Metras with Little Patient
Dr. Metras with Little Patient

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Oct 11, 2012

Join in Turning Progress into Momentum

Dr. Metras with a little patient in Nicaragua
Dr. Metras with a little patient in Nicaragua

Grab an opportunity now to help us continue our momentum.  Here is why you should read this and send a donation our way.  If you make a donation on Wednesday, October 17, Global Giving will match your donation to our project by 30%!  It is Global Giving Matching Day.  Your donated dollars will work harder and go further toward our goal of providing desperately needed heart surgery to the poor children of Nicaragua.

Now, some news to let you know how we are doing with our project, having put your past donations to good use.

Our July, 2012, surgical mission provided 10 children with open heart surgery to repair their hearts.  A volunteer team of doctors and nurses traveled from Children's Hospital of Colorado, with our President, Eduardo da Cruz, MD, who is Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Care at that hospital.  All 10 children are well on the road to full recovery now and enjoying their lives as children with healthy hearts.

This week, a surgical team will travel from France (headed by renowned heart surgeon, Dominique Metras, MD, pictured in this report) to La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua to operate on 10 more children while training the local team, all sponsored by Surgeons of Hope.  Additional team members are traveling from Colombia and Israel to join the team, a truly international team.  Our mission will be the subject of a film being prepared by Edwards LifeSciences in California, to celebrate our humanitarian actions in Managua.

In early November, a volunteer medical team will travel from Mt. Sinai Children's Hospital in New York City to La Mascota to continue the great work we are doing.  A future report will let you know their experience.

Construction of our new Pediatric Heart Center of Nicaragua will be completed in December, 2012, with opening in the spring of 2013.  That new operating and training center will draw patients and medical professionals from throughout the region.  Our work now is to equip and supply the new center to ready it for opening.  No donation is too small (or too large) to help in that worthwhile effort. 

Please join in the momentum.  Send a donation our way on Wednesday, October 17. 

Thanks to all of you Global Giving Donors!

Dr. Metras with Surgical Team
Dr. Metras with Surgical Team
Resting Comfortably
Resting Comfortably
Feeling Better Enough to Color
Feeling Better Enough to Color

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