Upcoming Missions in North and Central America


Dominican Republic: Pediatric Cardiac Mission

Dr. Robert Ross and his team from Children’s Hospital of Michigan will be returning to the DR. The goal after…

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Dominican Republic: Pediatric Cardiac Mission

Mission Stories from North and Central America

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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