We recently returned from our Nov. 8-22 medical mission to Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, with great success!
Through our continuing partnership with Dr. Juan Ramirez at Hospital Infantil Regional Universitario Dr. Arturo Grullón (Children’s Hospital of Santiago), ICHF performed 16 pediatric cardiac surgeries and seven cardiac catheterization procedures at no cost to the patients’ families.
Wondering what cardiac catheterization is?
During this procedure, a long thin tube is inserted in a major artery or vein and threaded through to the heart, allowing physicians to perform diagnostic tests and, if necessary, fix certain cardiac defects.
Working with Partners
With our global team of volunteer health care professionals from eight countries — including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Macedonia, United States and Egypt — ICHF also trained the local hospital staff in cardiac procedures and provided necessary medicines and supplies.
We’re proud to have been working with the Children’s Hospital of Santiago for more than five years, during which we’ve performed more than 300 pediatric cardiac surgeries.
We’re looking forward to healing many more hearts in Santiago during our 2015 missions!