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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

Meet Smiley Aina from Malaysia

Because of your support, you are making medical care for children like Aina in Malaysia both timely and accessible closer to home. This 18-month-girl from a small town had surgery at our partner hospital in Sepang, Serdang Hospital. These photos were taken a few days before Aina returned home after her journey of heart repair … Continued

Our Partner from China Shares Her Experience Fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan

Dr. Ji Peng, a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician, works at Children’s HeartLink Center of Excellence West China Hospital in Chengdu. At the beginning of February, her team went to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the global outbreak began, to help care for COVID-19 patients. On March 25th, Dr. Peng shared her experience of working … Continued

First-ever Global Burden of Congenital Heart Disease Study Published

Because more children with congenital heart disease are surviving, nearly 12 million people are living with congenital heart disease around the world. This is an increase of 18.7% since 1990. The number of deaths attributed to congenital heart disease has declined by 34.5% since 1990, from 398,580 to 261,247. Kavinaya (1) was born with a … Continued

Aishwarya’s Story

Aishwarya’s mom: As long as my daughter is healthy, it is enough for me. Photos by Scott Streble Revathi from the Indian city of Tirupur was worried and frightened when the youngest of her three children, 5-month-old Aishwarya, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She and her husband took their baby girl to a pediatrician … Continued

50th Anniversary Year: Our Top Five Stories from 2019

2019 was our milestone year, our 50th year as an organization. Since 1969, when a first child was flown from Vietnam to Minneapolis for lifesaving heart surgery, we’ve been committed to treating children with heart disease. Thanks to our dedicated partners and supporters, our 50th year was a successful one. We saved and improved the … Continued

50 Years Blog: Two People Who Led Children’s HeartLink During an Era of Great Change

John Cushing and Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney were close partners in improving medical care for children with heart disease around the world. John served as Children’s HeartLink’s international program director for almost three decades, and Elizabeth became president of Children’s HeartLink in 2002, leading the organization for over 10 years. Together, they led changes to our … Continued

Welcome to Our Board of Directors, Taryn Lynch

  We’re delighted to welcome Taryn Lynch to our board of directors. She is an Audit Partner at Deloitte and its leader in the health and life sciences sector. Taryn has spent almost 30 years serving all sectors in the health care industry. In addition to coordinating international audit teams, she has served as the … Continued