Healing Children's Hearts in Nicaragua

by Surgeons of Hope Foundation, Inc.
Feb 9, 2012

Thinking of Hearts on Valentine's Day

Emilie Carvello, MD, demonstrates CPR
Emilie Carvello, MD, demonstrates CPR

Love enters the heart in friendship's disguise.  Be a friend this Valentine's Day to a child who needs Surgeons of Hope to repair his or her young heart.  We are doing something new this very week, following our highly successful echocardiography training session which took place last October.

Our three-person mission is doing great things this week at La Mascota Children's Hospital.  Dr. Emilie Carvello from the University of Maryland Medical Center is joining with Clayton Dobronyi, RN, and Danielle Lucero, Sterile Process Educator, both from Children's Hospital of Colorado.  Together they are teaching the local hospital staff of doctors and nurses in intensive sessions about Basic and Advanced Pediatric Life Support and Sterile Processing.  After their first day, they report a large number of participants, all of whom are eager to learn and thoroughly engaged as students and trainers.  In addition to learning the techniques, they are learning how to teach those techniques to others.

Surgeons of Hope President, Eduardo da Cruz, Head of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care at Children's Hospital of Colorado, said, "We are inducing a cultural change by integrating nurses into the project.  This is a new concept in Nicaragua."  And, nurses are working and learning together with the doctors.  Truly, we are training the trainers.

While you are thinking of love on Valentine's Day, why not make a donation?  Be that friend to a child's heart.  If you make the donation on behalf of someone else through Global Giving, your honoree will receive a lovely notice from Global Giving, thereby spreading the friendship and love around a bit.

Here are some instructions to get you started:

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On one of the Surgeons of Hope Project Pages, check the box "Make this Donation in Honor of Someone?" at checkout.

You will be prompted to indicate how you would like the card sent (e-mail or postal mail), the card design, and all recipient details. You also can enter a personal message to the recipient.

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Local Doctors Learn to Train the Trainers
Local Doctors Learn to Train the Trainers
Local Doctors Practice Basic Life Support
Local Doctors Practice Basic Life Support



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Surgeons of Hope Foundation, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​surgeonsofhope.org/​
Project Leader:
Leila Hawken
Executive Consultant
New York, NY United States

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