One out of every 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect. Over 90% live in the developing world. The HeartGift Foundation brings these children to the US for free surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects. They come for surgery because their home countries lack adequate health care. Without medical intervention they will eventually die, many before their first birthday. HeartGift is helping to save the lives of these children who have no other hope for survival.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
One of every 100 children born in the developing world will never see his or her first birthday because of congenital heart disease. Many children in developing nations who have congenital heart disease are never diagnosed, and never undergo lifesaving surgery. The HeartGift Foundation brings children from around the world to the US for free surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects. They come for surgery because their home countries lack adequate health care.
How will this project solve this problem?
Children are referred to HeartGift through many international agencies. Once accepted into our program the child and parent/guardian are flown to one of our chapter cities to receive life-saving heart surgery at no cost to the family. The HeartGift medical teams all donate their time and expertise. The child/caregiver are housed and cared for my a host family, often of the same ethnicity. The surgery mends the child's heart and gives them hope for a healthy future.
Potential Long Term Impact
Over 150 children have received lifesaving heart surgery to correct their congenital heart defect. With mended hearts these children are able to attend school for the first time. Their caregivers are free to work or educate themselves to help support the family. The families community is positively impacted as they realize that strangers from another land bonded together with the common goal of saving that child's life. Goodwill is spread from one country to another.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.