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Center of Excellence in Kochi, India: Our Trainees Establish Cardiac Programs

This is the first in a series of posts featuring Children’s HeartLink Centers of Excellence. These hospitals became regional training centers after enhancing their own pediatric cardiac programs with the help of our medical volunteers. Our five Centers of Excellence in India, Malaysia and China commit to training pediatric cardiac specialists from low-resource regions. This … Continued

Our Partner in India Performs Ozaki Surgery after Training

Photos by Scott Streble   Born with heart disease, Mythili and Mohamed from India were at high risk for surgery because of the complexity of their heart defect. This is no longer the case. They both had successful heart surgery based on the Ozaki technique that hadn’t been used in India before. Dr. Raju Vijayakumar … Continued

Medical Volunteer Stories: Serving to Help Children

During National Volunteer Month, our medical volunteers share their stories with us: why they serve as volunteers, what challenges they face, and how their volunteer service has enriched their life and professional experiences. We spotlight ICU nurse and nurse educator Glen Au from Mayo Clinic, and pediatric heart surgeon Dr. James St. Louis from Children’s … Continued

Welcome New Board Members Abhi Patangay and Peter Quimby

A warm welcome to Abhi Patangay and Peter Quimby “Abhi’s and Peter’s personal and professional backgrounds bring unique perspectives and passion to our board, and we’re delighted to welcome them,” says President Jackie Boucher. “They share our commitment to helping more children with heart disease, and we look forward to benefiting from their contributions and … Continued

Medtronic Foundation and Children’s HeartLink Announce Multi-Year Partnership

On World Health Day we’re thrilled to share the news of our new partnership with the Medtronic Foundation. This first-of-its-kind partnership between our two organizations is significant because it is multi-year, multi-country and engages Medtronic employees who will contribute their time and skills to accelerate quality patient care and outcomes. This transformational partnership will position … Continued

Volunteer Appreciation Month: How Our Volunteers Make a Difference 

Photo by Scott Streble. Jody Doll-Wilhelm, R.N., and Jessica Andersen, R.N., from Mayo Clinic training nurses at G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital in Coimbatore, India. January 2020.   During Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, we recognize our medical volunteers’ dedication and thank them for their service. Surgeons, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, scrub and ICU nurses—this … Continued

Upashana Brings Daily Joy to Her Parents

Upashana with her parents. Photos by Scott Streble   When we visited Upashana and her family in a village near Coimbatore, India, she was 4 months old and recovering from the heart surgery she had 2 weeks earlier.  After Upashana’s birth, her parents brought her home without knowing she had a heart condition that would soon … Continued

Abbott Training Partnership Helps Improve Care in India

Photo by Scott Streble   Training in-country pediatric heart teams is at the heart of everything we do at Children’s HeartLink, and it’s how we help the most children the fastest. In India, only 1 in 4 children who needs heart surgery receives optimal care, and there is a great need for more trained heart … Continued

A Long-Distance Friendship Inspires a Lifetime of Support

For many years, Caroline Jackson has donated to Children’s HeartLink once or twice a year, joining a community of individuals who support our mission. She was introduced to Children’s HeartLink through her friend Peggy Johnson. Caroline began supporting our organization because she was so inspired by Peggy’s commitment to the children we help. Caroline’s commitment … Continued