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Saving Lives Project

"Treating the hearts of Haiti, one life at a time"

In Haiti, there are approximately 2,500 to 6,000 children in need of cardiac surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease, and 2,000 to 5,000 for Congenital Heart Disease. These statistics will not be reduced anytime soon because of the utter lack of local facilities and cardiovascular surgeons to perform such operations in Haiti. Hence, foreign intervention must ensue for these suffering children to receive appropriate aid. Currently, the Project has successfully linked medical partners to provide surgery for children with severe cases of heart disease. We thereby attempt to reduce the family’s financial and emotional distress for tending to their loved ones.

Our long term objectives for The Saving Lives Project are as follows:

1) To build a local cardiac center in Haiti:

  • This center will provide necessary equipment and post-operation care required to treat patients with common heart disease
  • 2) To connect doctors and hospitals to patients with severe heart disease:

  • Currently, receiving proper heart surgery in Haiti is virtually impossible. For this reason, we connect those in need to doctors and hospitals abroad, who can provide service to treat patients in dire need of surgery.
  • 3) To train local Haitian medical professionals:

  • In order to diagnose and treat heart disease at an early stage, we will attempt to educate local Haitian doctors, as there are no cardiovascular surgeons and only a few cardiologists in Haiti. We are looking at approximately 10 years of training in order for Haitian doctors to perform heart surgery locally.
  • In 2012, we have successfully treated 8 Haitian children in South Korea. This year, we are aiming to treat 20 Haitian children abroad. We are now in process of installing a cardiac center in a Haitian hospital.

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