Jun 7, 2016

Nearly 50,000 Georgian Babies Screened for Heart Defects

Newborn receives painless heart defect screening
Newborn receives painless heart defect screening

Thanks to your generous support, RVF has been able to raise $28,236

Since the program began through May 1, 2016, nearly 48,500 newborns have been screened. newborns have been screened. To date, all 127 babies with confirmed heart defects and 33 with confirmed critical congenital heart defects have received prompt emergency treatment free of charge at the Jo Ann Cardiovascular Center in Tbilisi. All of the babies have survived.

First time mother Natela was grateful to know that her baby was healthy after she received the painless pulse oximeter test for heart defects, “I am so grateful for this screening program -  I am so thankful that the test showed my baby’s heart is normal.”

With the success of the heart screening program in Tbilisi, demand for the heart screening program in other areas of Georgia has continued to grow. RVF needs to raise $10,000 to expand the program to the Kvemo-Kartli region, where newborns urgently need this screening program. Please consider donating to expand this life-saving program.

Review the report attachments below for more information or visit our website at www.rostropovich.org.  Have any questions or feedback on the program? Comment here, or contact me directly at kmm@rostropovich.org

Mother observes her baby's painless screening test
Mother observes her baby's painless screening test

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Mar 10, 2016

Nearly 42,000 newborns screened for CCHD

Healthy and happy mother and baby
Healthy and happy mother and baby

Thanks to your generous support, RVF has been able to raise $27,073 – over halfway to our total fundraising goal!

Since the program began, approximately 42,000 newborns have been screened. To date, all 107 babies with confirmed heart defects and 29 with confirmed critical congenital heart defects have received prompt emergency treatment free of charge at the Jo Ann Cardiovascular Center in Tbilisi. All of the babies have survived.

First time mother Tamar was grateful to know that her baby was healthy after he received the painless pulse oximeter test for heart defects, “I am very reassured by this test that my baby is healthy and strong. We have received excellent care.” 

With the success of the heart screening program in Tbilisi, demand for the heart screening program in other areas of Georgia has continued to grow. RVF needs to raise $15,000 to expand the program to the Kvemo-Kartli region, where newborns urgently need this screening program. Please consider donating to expand this life-saving program.

Review the report attachments below for more information or visit our website at www.rostropovich.org.  Have any questions or feedback on the program? Comment here, or contact me directly at kmm@rostropovich.org

Nurses administer the painless pulse oximeter test
Nurses administer the painless pulse oximeter test

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Dec 10, 2015

Halfway to Goal - Screening Babies for Heart Defects Going Strong!

Screened, received surgery, prognosis great!
Screened, received surgery, prognosis great!

Thanks to your generous support, RVF has been able to raise $25,631 – over halfway to our total fundraising goal! RVF directors and staff visited Georgia last month to see the life-saving heart screening program for newborn babies in action and we were very impressed with what we saw. Local health care workers are enthusiastic about the program and have seen a marked improvement in the survival of their young patients. We were able to visit those young heart surgery patients, like the one pictured above, recovering well at the Jo Ann Medical Center.  

Since August, an additional 6,681 newborns have been screened, bringing the total number of newborns screened since the program began in June 2014 to nearly 38,000. To date, all 99 babies with confirmed heart defects and 27 with confirmed critical congenital heart defects have received prompt emergency treatment free of charge at the Jo Ann Cardiovascular Center in Tbilisi. All of the babies have survived.

For second-time mother Tamar, the benefits of our program are very clear: “I am thankful to everyone, they saved my baby’s life” Our screening program caught her son Giorgi's life-threatening critical heart defect while there was still time to treat it. Without early detection and prompt treatment, Giorgi may not have survived. Tamar explained, 

“My son Giorgi was born with a complex heart disease. We came to the Jo Ann Medical Clinic and he received three surgeries and they were all successful. I am thankful to everyone, they saved my baby’s life.”

With the success of the heart screening program in Tbilisi, demand for the heart screening program in other areas of Georgia has continued to grow. RVF needs to raise $15,000 to expand the program to the Kvemo-Kartli region, where newborns urgently need this screening program. Please consider donating to expand this life-saving program.

Review the report attachments below for more information or visit our website at www.rostropovich.org.  Have any questions or feedback on the program? Comment here, or contact me directly at kmm@rostropovich.org

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