Free Heart Surgeries for Rio's Poor Children



Provides access for poor families to medical professionals and life-saving heart surgeries for children who languish in sub-substandard medical situations and can die from inadequate care.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Poor children born with cardiac problems need surgery, but have trouble getting care from public hospitals, which lack physical and infrastructural resources. A large number of poor children born with cardiac problems die waiting for treatment. If they do receive treatment from the public health system, it is generally by doctors without adequate skills. When the case is complex, treatment can endanger rather than improve the child's condition. Rio has no children’s hospital.

How will this project solve this problem?

Each child undergoes a detailed assessment consisting of medical examinations, ECG, and echocardiogram. Diagnosis and treatment are carried out by a professional team of specialists. Once the diagnosis is made the treatment is determined.

Potential Long Term Impact

There is nothing sadder than a parent who is unable to save a dying child simply because he does not have the financial resources required. Every life is precious.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,819

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,819 .  The original project funding goal was $4,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Rosa Célia Pimentel Barbosa

Founder and Director of ProCrianca Cardiaca
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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