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Meet Davi, a Happy and Healthy 3-Year-Old from Brazil

Davi likes horses, motorcycles, playing ball, and is a loving and happy child. It’s hard to believe that this 3-year-old boy was born with a complex heart defect that required surgery when he was just 1 day old. He needed another surgery 6 months later. Without these surgeries, babies with this defect live no longer … Continued

Winnie from Kenya Shares Her Story and Passion to Improve Health Care

Winnie with her daughter   “I’m 42 and still strong. Thanks to Children’s HeartLink.” Winnie Wanna Njue from Kenya comments often on our Facebook posts. Almost three decades earlier she was among the children who came to Minnesota to have lifesaving heart surgery. Winnie was diagnosed with heart disease when she was 10, in 1987. … Continued

Medtronic Foundation Highlights Our Work Together in India  

Medtronic Foundation has featured Children’s HeartLink as one of its partners that uses successful practices to build the capacity of health care workers and strengthen health systems in countries with underserved populations. Since 2003 we have been training in-country medical teams through a capacity-building approach, helping medical providers strengthen and reinforce their clinical skills and … Continued

Boston Scientific Helps Increase Access to Heart Care for Children in Malaysia

A medical volunteer from Birmingham Children’s Hospital provides training for the staff of Serdang Hospital, our newest partner in Malaysia   Boston Scientific has renewed its support for our work in Malaysia, where we focus not only on training heart care specialists, but also on developing the infrastructure for pediatric cardiac care. This ensures that … Continued

Call for Nominations for the Children’s HeartLink Founders Award

Children’s HeartLink will be presenting its first annual Founders Award in honor of Dr. Joe Kiser at the HeartLink Gala in Minneapolis on October 25, 2019. Submission deadline is August 15, 2019. Read the award nomination form and consider nominating someone who demonstrates extraordinary dedication and has made remarkable contributions to the Children’s HeartLink mission. … Continued

50 Years Blog: Nurse Be Ho Changed Her Life by Helping Children

“My whole life I worked with children,” said Be Ho, sharing her story about how she got involved in the Children’s Heart Fund, the name of Children’s HeartLink until 1994. Children’s Heart Fund changed her life, not just her job.  In 1972, Be Ho escorted one of the first groups of children from Vietnam to … Continued

Meet Stefano Perugini

We’re delighted to welcome Vice President of Development Stefano Perugini to the Children’s HeartLink team. Stefano has more than 20 years of experience working in international development, most recently as Head of Institutional Partnerships–Foundations Partnerships at UNICEF in London. “We’re excited to have Stefano join Children’s HeartLink as we continue to expand our fundraising pipeline … Continued

How the World Health Assembly Affects the Lives of Children with Heart Disease  

In this blog post, our Vice President of Global Strategy and Advocacy Bistra Zheleva shares her impressions about the 72nd World Health Assembly. This is a decision-making forum through which the World Health Organization is governed by its 194 member states. Its resolutions influence health care across the world, including care for children with heart … Continued

Ten Years in Brazil Yields Complex Surgeries + Huge Decrease in Infection

Dr. Ulisses Croti and his team at Hospital da Criança e Maternidade, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil   The partnership between Children’s HeartLink and Hospital da Criança e Maternidade in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil, is now embarking on its tenth year, and the hospital is poised to become a Children’s HeartLink Center … Continued