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International Children's Heart Foundation: Georgetown, Guyana

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Jocelyn Goldring wrote -

Hi Friends and Family, We recently started volunteering with International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF, www.babyheart.org) on their medical trips to Georgetown, Guyana. In March we joined the ICHF team in Guyana as a Pediatric cardiac intensivist, and Jocelyn as case manager/child life to help the infants/children and their families get through the difficult time in which a child gets a heart operation. Over the two weeks, the team helped 15 children who had heart surgery, and an additional 5 who underwent heart catheterization. Without this group these children would not receive this medical care. They make approximately 3 trips each year to this country, as well as multiple trips to many other countries that don't have children's heart services. 1 in every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. Congenital heart disease kills more children than all childhood cancers combined. I (Jocelyn) have personally been affected by CHD. My sister, two uncles and one cousin have been born with CHD. My sister has had four open heart surgeries and numerous catheterizations. Congenital heart disease is not an easy fix, it is a lifelong battle that does not go into remission. Travis and I met two years ago at a heart camp for children with CHD. Our experiences and passion lead us to one another, and this past March we embarked on a new journey to help children with CHD. We are excited to travel back to Guyana in June and hopefully many other times to help even more children receive life saving open heart surgeries and catheterizations, and teach the local doctors and nurses to care for these critically ill infants and children. We would be honored if you would help the heart kids of Guyana with a financial contribution. ICHF estimates each trip costs around 55,000 dollars, and we would like to help contribute as much as possible. There are many children awaiting surgery, and too many who will never receive these life saving heart operations. By many generous donations the ICHF has already successfully accomplished 57 surgeries and 19 heart catheterizations in Guyana over the past year, and have maintained a 0% mortality rate. They also make many trips every year to other countries in need of these services. Your generous donation will go far in helping to save even more children. From our first mission with ICHF: http://www.babyheart.org/2016/03/trip-recap-babyheart-team-begins-second-year-of-georgetown-guyana-program-with-a-4th-successful-mission/ "Prior to ICHF's presence in Guyana, cardiac surgery had never been performed on children, nor was there a Pediatric ICU to care of critically ill patients. Through donor support, we have been able to donate the necessary equipment to open the first pediatric ICU, and we continue the development of the unit through ongoing training of the local team. The education not only focuses on postoperative cardiac care but how to care for all critical patients requiring ICU level care. " Thank you for your love and support! Travilyn

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Jocelyn Goldring

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This is awesome! 1 year ago