Saving Lives – Cardiac Pediatric Surgery at St. Damien

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Eleven children received heart surgery at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital during the week of Feb 21-28th. Led by Gift of Life International, Rotary clubs in Haiti, Akron’s Children Hospital, Haiti Cardiac Alliance and Open Heart Haiti, together this wonderful partnership is able to help Haitian children with heart disease. Our goal is that this program will intensify as Haitian staff are trained to provide care for children in their own country. This is an extraordinary opportunity for St. Damien Hospital to partner with other nongovernmental organizations to continue the mission of providing medical care for children who are the most vulnerable.

This was the third mission that St. Damien has hosted and in total 32 children have received surgery during the past 1.5 years at our facilities. We have a great need for this specialized surgery in Haiti, as over 1,000 children are struggling with heart disease.

Photo credits: Ted Stevens

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