Over 60,000 Babies Screened for Heart Defects in Tbilisi - Program to be Expanded to Kvemo Kartli
By Kiija Manty Miller - Project Leader
Thanks to your ongoing support, the newborn heart screening program in Tbilisi has now been fully sustained by the Ministry of Health! However, other infants in the country are still in urgent need of this life-saving screening program. We need just $3,909 to expand our program to the Kvemo Kartli region – an area where newborns are especially in need of life-saving heart screening. A donation as small as $10 can help make a world of difference!
To date in Tbilisi, where all newborns are now routinely screened for heart defects, over 61,000 babies have been screened. Of those screened, 172 were identified with heart defects - 36 had confirmed critical heart defects. All babies received prompt treatment at the Jo Ann Cardiovascular Center. All have survived thanks to this life-saving program.
The healthcare community has been enthusiastic about the CCHD screening program. Ia Davitaia, MD, PhD, President of the Association of Neonatologists of Georgia says, “The RVF CCHD screening program is vital to ensuring the health of our newborn patients. The program has saved the lives of babies with CCHD who might not have survived without the screening program. ”
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