Thanks to your ongoing support, the newborn heart screening program in Tbilisi has now been fully sustained by the Ministry of Health!
To date in Tbilisi, where all newborns are now routinely screened for heart defects, nearly 65,000 babies have been screened. Of those screened, 176 were identified with heart defects - 37 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.”
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.”
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