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History of CLI Pediatric Cardiac Missions in Guayaquil, Ecuador

History of CLI Pediatric Cardiac Missions in Guayaquil, Ecuador

History of the Penn State University College of Medicine and The Hospital de Ninos Roberto Children’s Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador Dr. John L Myers, MD is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey,…

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Status of Panama Pediatric Cardiac Program

Status of Panama Pediatric Cardiac Program

Panama and Central American Pediatric Cardiology MissionsSummary as of Jan 2020. History:Children’s Lifeline originally contacted pediatric heart surgeon Ross Ungerleider, at OHSU at that time, about starting pediatric heart surgical missions to Panama (Annie Mendenhall was a specific contact.) Ross…

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Panama / Dr. Michael Womack / Children’s Lifeline

Panama / Dr. Michael Womack / Children’s Lifeline

1)      It is hard to be as excited about diagnostic caths or TEE (trans-esophageal echo) as interventional caths, but when they are the only way to know how to take care of someone, they are obviously critically useful.  One patient…

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Cambodia / Dr. Paul Grosssfeld

Cambodia / Dr. Paul Grosssfeld

This year the focus was to provide clinical and bedside training to inpatient cardiac patients, outpatient cardiac patients, lectures to medical students, staff physicians and support staff. In addition, we were able to follow up with eight past surgical patients.…

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Panama / Dr. Michael Womack / Children’s Lifeline

Panama / Dr. Michael Womack / Children’s Lifeline

Overall, another good trip.  We lost a day in the lab with a water main bursting in the street by the hospital.  But we had some “firsts” on the trip in terms of devices used in a couple of situations,…

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Dominican Republic / CEDIMAT Hospital

Surgical Team Make-Up: 1 pediatric surgeon 2 pediatric anesthesiologist 2 pediatric cardiologists 3 pediatric ICU physicians 1 pediatric ICU registered nurse 1 Respiratory Therapist 1 pump perfusionist NEW FACILITY: The new building is beautiful, spacious and well equipped with all…

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Ghana, West Africa / Hearts and Minds of Ghana / Children’s Lifeline

Ghana, West Africa / Hearts and Minds of Ghana / Children’s Lifeline

The Hearts and Minds of Ghana team preformed their 100th open heart surgery on November 14, 2015.  The goal has always been to have a self sustaining Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program in Ghana and they are well on their way.…

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

CardioStart undertook a mission to the Clinica Corazones Unidos Hospital.  The mission focused entirely on developing and teaching the management of children needing congenital cardiac correction.  The staff worked on a total of 7 children (ages from 2 years -…

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Port Antonio, Jamaica / West Africa

Port Antonio, Jamaica / West Africa

The team set up medical clinics in Port Antonio, Jamaica and provided primary medical care to children and adults. In total they saw 678 children. The main complaint and diagnosis's was allergies and asthma, also treated malnutrition, parasites, worms, tropical…

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Tanzania / Lighthouse Medical Missions

Tanzania / Lighthouse Medical Missions

Dr. Robert Hamilton continues his clinical care each year. In 2015 Dr. Hamilton will also go to Nambia to provide more clinical care.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador / The Penn State Children’s Hospital

The Team consists of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and perfusionists. This was their sixteenth trip to Guayaquil to provide evaluations and treatment for children of Ecuador who are born with heart defects. This year they only sent one team, which was…

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Mexico / American Airlines Miles for Kids / Children’s Center at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines

In 2014 American Airlines has brought over 10 children from the Yucatan to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.  Treating children with Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), cardiac catheterization and VSD.

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Ecuador / Johns Hopkins University / Federick Memorial / Children’s Lifeline

Ecuador / Johns Hopkins University / Federick Memorial / Children’s Lifeline

This year's Neonatal Intensive Care Mission to Guayaquil was led by Dr. Fabio Olarte, MD from Frederick Memorial Hospital and Elizabeth Cristofalo, MD, from Johns Hopkins University Hospital. The group consisted of Neonatologists, Respiratory Therapist and NICU nurse Janice Beekman…

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India / UCSD Medical Center / UC Davis Medical Center

This was the second trip to India.  They received a warm welcome back. Dr. Green scheduled 4 pacemaker implantation's and Drs Feld and Srivatsa had 6 RF ablations. This repeated every day for 5 days. The device donation were increased…

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September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Fredrick Memorial & The Hospital San Ignacio, Javeriana University

“We are all so extremely grateful for Lifeline’s continued commitment to improve the quality of medical care to the neo-nates and their families here.” After returning from his team’s 12th consecutive mission to Ecuador, Dr. Fabio Olarte, the mission’s lead…

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July – Nepal: Children’s Lifeline / PULSE

For the second time, Children’s Lifeline partnered with Pediatric Universal Life- Saving Effort (PULSE) a New York based non- profit organization for another mission to Nepal. There are no pediatric critical care specialists in Nepal. Therefore, the course that is…

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June – Panama Mission: Children’s Lifeline / St. Luke’s Boise

Pediatric Cardiologist, Michael S. Womack, who has been a Lifeline Mission leader for many years writes that “…we are up to 324 catheterizations on these children in Panama, and over 60 catheterizations for the entire project. These were all mostly…

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June – Honduras: Children’s Lifeline / AMIGA

“Despite torrential rains, this was a busy and eventful trip providing healthcare to 2000 patients in just 5 days… 65% of those were infants, children and newborns,” writes Dr. P. Tatachar who led this successful Mission to Honduras For this…

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Back Home

Back Home

Dr. Green’s medical team included; Dr. Uma Srivatsa – Electro physiologist, Dr. Greg Feld – Electro physiologist, Dr. G. Victor Pretorius – Cardiac Surgeon, and Dave Robberson – Electro physiologist Technician.  The team was fortunate to receive generous donations of…

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Heal and Teach

Heal and Teach

Children’s Lifeline believes at its core that, It is not enough just to heal…but to train and enable the host hospitals to continue the life saving work of the missions. Recently, an 8 month old child (S.K.) from Phnom Penh,…

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Congratulations Dr. Womack

Congratulations Dr. Womack

 Cardiologist Michael S. Womack, a longtime Lifeline mission leader received the highest decoration in Panama for someone who is not a head of state.  During the opening of the 2012 Central America and Caribbean Cardiology Congress, the Panama Minister of…

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April to October – Children’s Lifeline / American Airlines & Mercy Hospital

YUCATAN From April through October of this year, the tri-partite network of Lifeline, American Airlines and Mercy Hospital of Des Moines addressed the cardiac needs of 25 children.  The children ranged in age from 19 months to 17 years. Every…

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October – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Oregon Health & Science University

October – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Oregon Health & Science University

A multinational mission group led by Dr. Womack traveled to Panama in October 2012. The group included two pediatric cardiologists from Nicaragua and Costa Rica and two from Panama. The goal was to establish regional cooperation between the three countries. …

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September – Peru: Children’s Lifeline / CardioStart

September – Peru: Children’s Lifeline / CardioStart

 This year, Children’s Lifeline partnered with CardoStart and Dr. Aubyn Marath for another mission to Peru. The 2012 volunteer medical team included members from four countries and 8 different US states. The team returned to Honorio Delgado Regional Hospital in…

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April – Gambia: Children’s Lifeline / Lighthouse Medical

During April of this year, Children’s Lifeline teamed up with Lighthouse Medical Missions for a clinical mission to The Gambia. The team assembled a temporary clinic for mission services. Over the course of five days, Dr. Robert Hamilton and   his…

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September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Fredrick Memorial & Holy Cross Hospitals

September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Fredrick Memorial & Holy Cross Hospitals

A team of neonatologists, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists from Johns Hopkins University, Frederick Memorial Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital participated in the 2012 neonatology mission to Ecuador.  Led by Dr. Fabio Olarte, the physicians visited two hospitals " Hospital…

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November – Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Lifeline / Pacific Oceans Pediatrics

November – Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Lifeline / Pacific Oceans Pediatrics

Dr. Robert Hamilton from Pacific Ocean Pediatrics recently returned from his first mission to Kyrgyzstan after a friend of his, Cornelia Hewitt, told him about two orphanages with children in dire need of medical attention.  The scope of the mission…

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October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline/ Boston Children’s Hospital

October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline/ Boston Children’s Hospital

 Annually, Children’s Lifeline funds medical missions to Ghana. Dr. Francis Fynn-Thompson of Boston Children’s Hospital has led the cardiac mission since 2007. The host hospital is Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital located in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city. The overall mission…

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India Mission Spring 2013

India Mission Spring 2013

One of Lifeline’s new mission leaders is Dr. Ulrika Green who specializes in Cardiac Electrophysology.  The team will implant pacemakers and perform cardiac ablation procedures in India, in March of 2013.  She will be accompanied by fellow doctors from University…

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Jethro’s Story

Jethro’s Story

Just before the team from Boston Children's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard University, left for Ghana in October of this year, Children's Lifeline received a plea from a child’s father: “Please accept my congratulations for the many lives you have…

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Welcome Marion Ross

Welcome Marion Ross

By Salah Hassanein When I asked my friend, Marion Ross, if she would be the spokesperson for Children’s Lifeline International, she never hesitated.  You may remember her from stage, screen and TV. Marion began her career taking drama lessons as…

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30 Years of Making History

30 Years of Making History

Children’s Lifeline is celebrating 30 years of medical service to children.  In 1982, Nancy Reagan asked the motion picture industry to assist her in the heart surgery of two children she had brought to the United States.  Nancy’s cause inspired…

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Imagine H2O…

Imagine H2O…

Imagine something so simple as water...not just water, but life saving liquid! That is what ‘simple’ water is to ten’s of thousands of children in underdeveloped countries.  The water that they currently use is mostly from rivers, streams and lakes. …

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A Tale of Two Hearts – Children’s Lifeline / Ghana Mission

A Tale of Two Hearts – Children’s Lifeline / Ghana Mission

Two children having the basis for their relationship - severe heart conditions.  They happen to come to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana.  Both were assessed by the Mission Team from Hearts and Minds - Children’s Hospital Boston and found…

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February – Nepal:  Children’s Lifeline / The Brooklyn Hospital Center

February – Nepal: Children’s Lifeline / The Brooklyn Hospital Center

The Pediatric ICU staff building mission in Kathmandu at the Kathmandu Medical College was led, once again, by Dr. Patrick Leblanc and Dr. Loiusdon Pierre. The mission had several purposes. A course in Fundamentals of Pediatric Critical Care Support was…

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Jan/Feb – Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline /  Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Jan/Feb – Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Michigan

The team of eight led by Dr. Rob Ross and Dr. Daniel Turner had a head start on evaluating patients this year because of a detailed PowerPoint presentation provided by the CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo prior to the team’s…

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January – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

January – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

Angkor Hospital for Children, Angkor, Cambodia Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) serves approximately 120,000 children a year. Through its missions, Lifeline’s cardiac team from San Diego has been treating and teaching at AHC since 2007. When the hospital opened in…

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November – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline /  Children’s Hospital of Boston / Harvard Medical School

November – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Boston / Harvard Medical School

The twenty-six member team led by Dr. Francis Fynn-Thompson had a challenging time in Ghana; but, despite power and water outages during some of the surgeries, all procedures were successful. Evaluations were performed upon arrival and decisions were made for…

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November –  Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

November – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

The thirteenth mission from Penn State Children’s Hospital to Guayaquil Ecuador provided evaluations and treatment for children born with heart defects and was led by Dr. John Meyers for the first group and Dr. J. Brian Clark for the second…

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October – Sierra Leone: Children’s Lifeline / Lighthouse Medical Missions

October – Sierra Leone: Children’s Lifeline / Lighthouse Medical Missions

In October 2011, Children’s Lifeline partnered again with Lighthouse Medical Missions on a clinical mission to Kabala, Sierra Leon. The city is located in the upper North Eastern corner of the country. This small disadvantaged town continues to suffer from…

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October – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline /  Plasticos Foundation

October – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Plasticos Foundation

In October of 2011, Lifeline’s cranial facial team revisited Angkor Children’s Hospital. Lifeline and the Plasticos Foundation cosponsored the mission. Doctor Larry Nichter, mission leader and his medical team of seven traveled from Orange County, California to Cambodia. Upon arrival…

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September – Peru: Children’s Lifeline / CardioStart / Oregon Health and Sciences University

September – Peru: Children’s Lifeline / CardioStart / Oregon Health and Sciences University

Lifeline and CardioStart teamed up for their tenth visit to Peru to further develop a heart program. Led by Dr. Aubyn Marath, a team of thirty-three volunteers, representing five countries and nine American states, made a visit to the Honorio…

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September – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Oregon Health and Science University

September – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Oregon Health and Science University

The four member team of pediatric cardiologists, led by Dr. Seshadri Balaji and Dr. Jack Kron, specializing in ablations for heart arrhythmia in children, visited the Hospital del Nino the public hospital in Panama. The hospital is dedicated to providing…

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September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Frederick Memorial and Johns Hopkins Hospitals

September – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Frederick Memorial and Johns Hopkins Hospitals

A team of nine, from Frederick Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital visited two hospitals in Ecuador; Hospital Gineco-Obstrecico Enrique Sotomayor and Hospital de Nino Roberto Gilbert I. Once again, the mission was lead by Dr. Fabio Olarte. The team,…

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January – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

January – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

The Cambodia Story Dr. Paul Grossfeld and his wife, Susan, were going on vacation to Thailand in 2005. Susan had always wanted to see the temples in Cambodia and wanted to surprise her husband with the side trip. She started…

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December – India: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation / Tri-City Medical Center

December – India: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation / Tri-City Medical Center

Children’s Lifeline continued its partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Moses of Smiles International in December of 2010 and went to the Andhra Pradash state of India and the small village of Mori Podu. At the Subamma Christian Hospital they consulted 21…

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November – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Children’s Hospital

November – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Children’s Hospital

Dr. John Myers and Dr. Brian Clark of the Penn State Children’s Hospital returned to Guayaquil, Ecuador and the Hospital de Nino’s in November to conduct back to back pediatric cardiology missions. The first week was spent performing evaluations and…

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October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School

October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School

Dr. Francis Fynn-Thompson of the Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School led a pediatric cardiac mission to Ghana in October of 2010. He and Dr. Ravi Thiagavajan were able to operate on 19 children in just 6 days.…

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September – Ukraine: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation / Tri-City Medical Center

September – Ukraine: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation / Tri-City Medical Center

In September of 2010 Smiles International and Dr. Jeffrey Moses returned to the Ukraine and the town of Dnepropetrovsk for the mission’s 8th biannual trip. Over 24 under-privileged and orphaned children were consulted and surgical treatment was planned for 12…

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July – Yucatan: Children’s Lifeline / Mercy Medical Center / American Airlines

In 2011, we have planned with Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Stephen Mooradian along with American Airlines to bring 25 children (5 of the children are featured below) to Des Moines, Iowa to receive life saving cardiac procedures to correct…

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April – West Africa: Children’s Lifeline / Lighthouse Medical Missions

April – West Africa: Children’s Lifeline / Lighthouse Medical Missions

Dr. Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics and Dr. Kevin White of Surfside Pediatrics, in conjunction with CLI, traveled to 3 West African nations to bring clinical care to some truly underserved regions. In Benin they treated approximately 400 adults…

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February –  Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Michigan

February – Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Dr. Robert Ross and Dr. Daniel Turner returned to the Dominican Republic for their 8th mission. They consulted on 33 cases and performed 11 catheter procedures and operated on 8 patients. As with most of our missions, the emphasis was…

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December –  Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

December – Cambodia: Children’s Lifeline / Cambodia: Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego

In December, Dr. Paul Grossfeld of Rady’s Children’s Hospital/UCSD led his 4th pediatric cardiac mission to Cambodia. 35 children were evaluated for procedures and of those 26 were scheduled for surgery. This mission has also been a teaching mission and…

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November – Nepal: Children’s Lifeline / Pediatric Cardiac

Dr. Patrick LeBlanc and Dr. Louisdon Pierre led a mission to Nepal in November where they were able to take valuable and life saving equipment to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. While there they were able to provide intensive training and…

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November – Myanmar: Children’s Lifeline / Strategic Partners Among Nations

Dr. Marna Geisler of Strategic Partners Among Nations led the first Lifeline mission to Myanmar in November. Their mobile clinic visited 3 provinces and treated 1,773 people, the majority children, in just 5 days. Besides providing primary care to many…

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July/November – Mexico: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation

July/November – Mexico: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation

Dr. Jeffrey Moses of Smiles International Foundation and Tri-City Medical Center led missions to Tecate, Mexico in July and November . They identified 58 children for possible surgery and 25 of these children received immediate reconstructive surgery. In all 68…

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November – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Children’s Hospital

November – Ecuador: Children’s Lifeline / Penn State Children’s Hospital

Dr. John Meyers and Dr. Brian Clark of Hershey Penn State Children’s Hospital led two separate missions to Ecuador in November. These missions consisted of a number of firsts including two consecutive surgical teams, catheter treatment and improved diagnostics. The…

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October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard University

October – Ghana: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard University

In October, native Ghanhian, Dr. Francis Fynn-Thompson a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School led a team there and operated on 14 patients. Each mission to Ghana has encountered many challenges, including electrical shortages, lack of…

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October – Tibet: Children’s Lifeline / Pediatric Cardiac

October – Tibet: Children’s Lifeline / Pediatric Cardiac

In Tibet another partnership was formed with the South East Asia Prayer Center to dedicate the first Catheterization Lab. This is the first heart related medical facility in all of Tibet. Prior children had to travel to China for surgery.

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Jan/Mar/Aug – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Doernbecker Children’s Hospital

Dr. Womack of Doernbecker Children’s Hospital at the Oregon Health and Science University and Pediatric Cardiology / Boise Idaho led three separate missions to Panama, one in January, one in March and another in August of 2009. While there he…

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July – Armenia:  Children’s Lifeline / University of Southern California

July – Armenia: Children’s Lifeline / University of Southern California

In Armenia, Dr. Albert Phillips, professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, has continued his missions to help his country of origin, Armenia, where they still recover from the earthquake of 1998. 600 patients were seen, of…

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June – China: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Heakyung Kim of the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia once again traveled to China in June to explore the possibility of aiding children with cerebral palsy and other similar disabilities. She is using a Botox and phenol treatment to help…

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June – Mozambique: Children’s Lifeline / Chain of Hope

In partnership with Chain of Hope and led by Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub a 12th mission was conducted at the Maputo Heart Institute of Mozambique in June 2009. The team performed heart surgery on 21 patients two of whom made…

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June – Laos: Children’s Lifeline / Plasticos Foundation

Plasticos Foundation under the direction of Dr. Larry Nichter and Dr. Robert Burns traveled to Laos in January and operated on 97 patients performing a total of 121 procedures. They primarily treated burn victims and patients who suffered from disfigurement…

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May – Haiti: Children’s Lifeline / The Brooklyn Hospital

The Brooklyn Hospital Center led by Drs. Patrick LeBlanc and Louisdon Pierre, both neonatologists went to Haiti in May 2009. There they conducted 20 hours of bedside rounds in addition to training nurses and residents along with providing workshops and…

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May – Ukraine: Children’s Lifeline / Smiles International Foundation

Dr. Jeffrey Moses of Smiles International Foundation led a team to the Ukraine in May 2009. He screened over 100 orphans during this visit and 21 were chosen for immediate surgery. 52 procedures were performed on these children over the…

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April – Sierra Leone: Children’s Lifeline / Clinical

Dr. Robert Hamilton led a mission to Sierra Leone April 2-11, 2009 where he was personally recognized for his team’s work. Dr. Kevin White simultaneously conducted a second mission. There they provided clinical services to over 2,500 children and their…

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April – Egypt: Children’s Lifeline / Chain of Hope

In Egypt another partnership with Chain of Hope led once again by Sir Magdi Yacoub performed the first open heart surgery at the newly constructed Aswan Heart Center. This was the first open heart surgery in Southern Egypt. They were…

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January – Ethiopia: Children’s Lifeline / Chain of Hope

January and February, Chain of Hope and Lifeline made their inaugural visit to Ethiopia. Chain of Hope sent three doctors, Dr. Magdi Yacoub, Dr. Shakeel Qureshi and Dr. Michael Teodori who were able to perform cardiac procedures on 20 children.

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January – Dominican Republic: Children’s Lifeline / Children’s Hospital of Michigan

The mission to the Dominican Republic in January and February led by Drs. Robert Ross and Daniel Turner of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan performed 7 surgeries and 15 catheterizations. The teams were also able to train doctors and nurses…

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