A smiling and healthy child is the best way to thank you for you contribution to our Globalgivin campaign. Together, we can make a difference and have a profound impact on the life of kids al the Children Hospital San Vicente Fundación.
Solidarity is not to see the other from far away, is to bring it to my world and generously make him/her participate of it. It is not a gift, it is more than that; is an invitation and is establishing a relationship that gives meaning to Have.
Because of this, solidarity is not an effort, is a grace. It is something that you achieve, have and grow.
Solidarity is the only reason that can truly change the world, simply because it changes the heart of man.
The Hospital San Vicente Fundación, It is what it is, for your solidarity. That was its origin and that is its grace. The hand of God is present everyday, through by thousands of people who support their cause. Thanks everyone.
Julio Eernesto Toro Restrepo
President of San Vicente Fundación
Thanks to your donation THE SKY CAN WAIT.
3 Incubators for Life: Through the great heart of the companiesand people who attended the Atanasio Girardot stadium in Medellin January 19, 2014 in the "Día del Fútbol Antioqueño" we raised $106 million, which, added to donations of FRIENDS OF HOSPITAL and donors of GLOBALVIVING allow us to acquire 3 incubators benefiting 1,000 preterm or low birth weights each year.
Located on the first floor of the maternity block, the service has 40 beds and is divided into three levels of care, according to patient complexity: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Intermediate Care UnitPrimary Care The service sees patients from birth to one month of age, who require special care due to low weight at birth, prematurity or respiratory, metabolic or hemodynamic disorders or infections. The service carries out epidemiological research and infection control processes to ensure optimal patient care.An interdisciplinary team of neonatologists, general pediatricians and specialized nurses , ensure optimal patient care 24 hours a day, in addition to the support of professionals in . nutrition, respiratory therapy and social work. The area is endowed with modern, state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the safe handling of newborns in critical condition, including high frequency ventilation.
Testimony premature girl
With this campaign we want to encourage globalgiving donors to achieve the goal to acquire an incubator for more than 1.000 premature children we serve each year in the Hospital San Vicente Fundación.
Elizabeth is one of them:
My name is Elizabeth Aristizabal. Before I was born my parents lived in a villaje, one day, they came to Medellín to visit my grandparents and I was born unexpectedly. I was kangaroo baby and had underweight, but thanks to the doctors and nurses of Hospital San Vicente Fundación, after 12 years I am very well, I study, act and sing.
MORE DONATIONS - MORE HEALTHY KIDS
630 children die of victims cancer in Colombia every year. Most children with cancer treated at St. Vincent Children's Hospital Foundation in Medellin, Colombia, are from low-income families. In the Hospital they find medical treatment with specialists, social workers to support them in the psychological process and loving hearts willing to serve the patient and family in difficult times of illness.
Testimony child with cancer:
"In my family we are four. I am displaced by violence".
"I am 15 years old, at age 14 they discovered the cancer, I was immediately transported to San Vicente, doctors have been very supportive. Sometimes we did not have the money to go to the hospital for treatment, then at the Hospital they give us the money for transportation. So I thank the doctors and all the people of San Vicente".
"I am currently in grade 6, I could not study because of the disease, the cancer problem was very hard for me."
"My dream are to finish the studies and study political science, and help my parents if they ever get ill, fight for them and have a good future."
Juan Pablo was born at 32 weeks gestation with a congenital malformation, the baby arrived at Hospital Infantil de San Vicente Fundación with a complete obstruction of the intestine that hinders the passage of food and absorption of nutrients, also had an infection that compromised his life.
Although Juan's mother understood he had to adapt to a hospital environment, she wanted to bring a bit of the world that her baby should have been enjoying, adapting with multiple colors and textures the hospital room now become her son’s home.
Juan underwent 15 operations and when he fell asleep, his mother stood firm and powerful drawing streght from where only a mother could have, to be with her child 24 hours a day.
Juan was a long distance son, grandson and brother during his year-long hospitalization and nurses, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, surgeons and nutritionists became his family and his mom¡s, because solidarity and love for the little patient invaded their hearts.
When the time came for him to be released from the hospital, joy and distress were evident, as it had been a year of rigorous care and feeding through a vein. After a challenging year in care of family and the staff of the Children's Hospital outpatient program, Juan managed inch by inch to tolerate food oraly, experiencing flavors and sensations that so far he had not been able to do.
Annually the hospital serves more than 34,000 children like Juan Pablo, with highly complex diseases and this is possible thanks to the generous hearts of Hospital’s staff and volunteers and all our benefactors.
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