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ICHF in Immediate Need of OR/Scrub Nurse

The International Children's Heart Foundation is seeking an OR/Scrub Nurse to fill a part-time paid position in Benghazi, Libya beginning in March/April, 2014. This position requires travel for one to three weeks per month dependent upon need. Other locations may also be required for travel. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send CV to jean.towne@babyheart.org

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7,000 Patients, 7,000 Hearts

One patient leads to another. Over 24 years ago there was a 12-year-old Nigerian girl who was in desperate need of surgery to correct her congenital heart defect in order to save her life. Unfortunately, she had lived with her defect for too long and her condition was too far gone. Dr. William Novick, as a resident in cardiac surgery at the University of Alabama, learned that if she had received treatment sooner, she could have had the corrective

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Joshua’s Day

After an international trip and two separate Babyheart missions it was finally Joshua’s day in surgery! He’d waited his whole life for his turn and now he finally had his CHD repaired by the Babyheart and Santiago team. During his surgery his mother shared the saddest story about how Joshua came home really sick one day and told her he knew he was going to die. He told her that it was OK because when she got old, his brother could take

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Inaugural Mission to Jimani Complete!

Their journey was long and arduous but they finally made it. 11 families traveled from their homeland of Guyana to a small, remote village called Jimani, Dominican Republic to have their hearts healed, at no cost, provided by the miracle workers of the Babyheart team. Located in the very center of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola on the DR side just across the border from Haiti, this place is at the crossroads of where some of the poorest of the

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Seeing for the First Time

An ICHF pediatric heart surgeon in-training receives a gift to help her save lives Written by guest blogger, Babyheart Team Member, Randa Blenden Benghazi, Libya   When I think back to my childhood when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I remember my answers changing with the seasons.  In the second grade, the popular answer was a rock star.  In the fourth grade, I wasn’t quite sure what I would be, but definitely, a teacher,

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift

A big THANK YOU to our amazing Babyheart volunteers! We are finished for the year. Yep, ICHF’s work is complete for a few days as we all share time with our family and friends for the holidays. Today is December 21stand our teams in Benghazi, Libya and Nasiriyah, Iraq completed their operative schedule in the early evening. Over the last two weeks we have worked hard to provide the ultimate Christmas gift: new hearts to as many children as possible.

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A Life Saved Twice

A common aspect of children suffering with congenital heart defects is Down syndrome. Many cases Babyheart teams care for on missions are children with both a heart defect and Down syndrome. Also sadly, some of these children come from orphanages, whose parents have abandoned them, unable or unwilling to offer proper care for their child who requires special needs. This is what happened to a little Macedonian newborn named Mario. Born with Down

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Our 1st Babyheart Mission to Voronezh, Russia!

Introduction of our Babyheart team to the local pediatric cardiac team at Voronezh Regional Hospital. Late in the evening on November 16th, a Babyheart team comprising of 15 members from six different countries arrived in Voronezh, Russia to heal the hearts of their children with congenital heart defects. With the support from our longtime collaborating charities, Russian Gift of Life USA and Gift of Life, Inc., our team was introduced to our future

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Meet Saad, Once a Refugee from War, Now a Babyheart Patient

Babyheart guest blogger & photographer, Kevin, lending a hand! Saad is a 10 year old boy who was born with a hole in his heart that permits his deoxygenated and oxygenated blood to mix, placing immense strain on his heart and preventing his body from receiving much needed oxygen. Babyheart guest blogger and photographer, Kevin Whitcomb, (who is also medically-trained) had the opportunity to meet Saad during our mission to Benghazi, Libya. Here,

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Kids Like Dania.

3 year old Dania Dania is an amazing little girl who suffers from a severe heart defect in her aortic valve known as aortic stenosis. The aorta is the main artery carrying blood out of the heart. Because Dania’s aortic valve was abnormally narrow, blood could not flow easily out of her heart to her body and brain. Dania had her heart repaired last week by our team in Benghazi, Libya.  On the night of October 18th, Dania had to have an emergency

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