‘Save a Child’s Heart’ Group Improves Cardiac Care


WASHINGTON — Each year one million babies are born with congenital heart defects. Ten percent of them do not live to see their first birthday due to lack of treatment, most of them in poor and developing countries. An Israel-based organization is working to improve those children’s chances for survival. The group plans to train Ethiopia’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon, and its efforts to raise money for a boy named Eliyas.

Since its creation in 1995, the organization “Save a Child’s Heart” has been improving the quality of cardiac care for children in developing countries who suffer from heart disease.

For the cost of $10,000, children are brought to Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center to get the surgeries they need. Save a Child’s Heart executive director David Litwack said their team of volunteers helps reduce the cost.

“One of these operations in the United States can cost $100,000 to $200,000, but for us it winds up being $10,000, regardless of how many surgeries they have to have and how long they are at the hospital or how complicated the case is, room and board and a children’s home that we built two years ago for the child and his or her mother,” said Litwack.

The organization’s ultimate goal is to enable countries to treat their own children.

“We made the commitment to do at least 50 children a year from Ethiopia. Equally important is that we have started training what would be Ethiopia’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon. Ethiopia, I believe, has two cardiologists for the entire country, but he would be the first Ethiopian cardiac surgeon,” said Litwack.

Recently, the medical group also trained Tanzania’s first cardiac surgeon, a process that took five years. Read more from VOA news.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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