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Inside Our Partner Hospitals during COVID-19 Pandemic

Some hospitals fight COVID-19 by treating patients directly. Others don’t have COVID-19 patients but have to cope with the challenges that arose from the pandemic. The most common concerns we hear from our partners are providing timely access to care for children and also the morale of health care workers on their team.  Photo by … Continued

The Girl Who Waited 12 Years for Her Heart to Be Repaired

Photos by Scott Streble   Six months ago, Mythili (17) from India was so tired that she couldn’t walk or go to school. For 12 long years she waited for the heart surgery that restored her energy and her dreams for the future. She is preparing to join the 11th grade when her school (closed now … Continued

Cardiac Surgeons in Brazil Encourage New Partnerships with Children’s HeartLink

“We, the representatives of Brazil, have experienced firsthand the benefits of this partnership between Children’s HeartLink and our hospitals, with significant improvements in the quality of care we provide to our patients, increase in our multidisciplinary team expertise, as well as in the number of children treated,” say our three partners from hospitals in São … Continued

Our Partners Help to Reduce Infant Deaths in Kerala, India

Photo by Scott Streble The infant mortality rate in the state of Kerala in southwest India, has been reduced from 10 deaths to 7 deaths per 1,000 live births.* “We strongly believe that the work the state has been doing to address infant mortality from congenital heart disease, one of the leading causes of infant … Continued

Nurses are key to improving outcomes for children with heart disease

by Bistra Zheleva, Vice President of Global Strategy and Advocacy at Children’s HeartLink We hear constantly how important nurses are. On this International Nurses Day, the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, and during the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it’s important for us to not only talk about the importance of … Continued

Our Partner Nurse from China Helps Change COVID-19 Response in Italy

Senior nurse Menglin Tang from our Center of Excellence West China Hospital in Chengdu went with her colleagues to Italy in March, to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chinese expert team was sent to the epicenter of the outbreak in Italy, the Lombardy province. For two weeks they introduced Italian medical teams to China’s … Continued

ICHOM Standard Set for Congenital Heart Disease

Photo by Scott Streble   We’re delighted to announce the launch today of ICHOM Standard Set for Congenital Heart Disease (CHDSS), created by the ICHOM Congenital Heart Disease Working Group of 30 leading physicians, measurement experts and patient representatives from 24 organizations in 15 countries. Children’s HeartLink is a co-sponsor and a member of this … Continued

Our Centers of Excellence Offer Three Fellowships

Photo by Scott Streble   We’re happy to announce that three medical professionals, from Uganda, Haiti and Nepal, were selected to receive the Children’s HeartLink Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Services for professionals from low- and middle-income countries. They will receive training at two of our Centers of Excellence: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, … Continued

Nurse Training in Coimbatore, India: A Photo Essay

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  These photos (by Scott Streble) were taken during our nurse training exchange with our partner in India, G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial (GKNM) Hospital in Coimbatore – at the time the coronavirus outbreak was only reported in China. Since then, life … Continued

Children’s HeartLink Partners Save Baby Girl in India during Lockdown

  Ithika, her family and Dr. Vijay at our partner hospital in Coimbatore, before Ithika was discharged   This extraordinary story highlights the collaboration between two of our partner hospitals in India under difficult circumstances, in order to save the life of a child with heart disease. As India went into full lockdown to mitigate … Continued