The “Our Hearts Are In El Salvador” Gift of Life International global initiative is in the fourth year.
More than 600 Salvadoran children have been treated and 16 medical training visits have been conducted to enhance skills and communication of the entire Salvadoran pediatric cardiac surgery and aftercare teams. The next step is to increase the complexity of surgeries being performed by the Salvadoran team so they may treat
more children independently on a reliable and sustainable basis.
Rotary Foundation Grants have been a large part of the success of the “Our Hearts Are In El Salvador” program. Gift of Life 7190 is sponsoring a three-week project. The second week was completed in July and covered 10 children. The third week will be done this month. The project will do a total of 30 open heart surgeries and catheterizations and provide training for Salvadoran medical personal in treating children with more complex heart ailments.
For this second phase of the project, Dr. Giancarlo Crupi, pediatric cardiac surgeon from Bergamo,Italy,joined the Hearts with Hope Foundation visiting team in an effort to move the Salvadoran pediatric cardiac program forward.
Gift of Life 7190 President Tom Burdick and Francisco Rivera of El Salvador coordinated and managed the funds for this initiative.
The Jamaica project in 2013 saved the lives of 11 children. The first child had surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital and 10 children were treated in Jamaica.
In late spring 2014, District 7190 will sponsor a medical and training mission in the Philippines.
Ten children will receive surgeries. The medical team will be predominately from Albany Medical Center Hospital. The Rotary Foundation and the following clubs are participating:
Southern Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Scotia, Rotterdam Sunrise, Shenendehowa, Wilton, Hudson Shores, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills/BallstonLake, Granville, Malta, Corinth, Colonie-Guilderland, Latham, Glove City, Middleburgh, Cobleskill, Delmar, Glenville and a Philippines club.