The International Children's Heart Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. We are dedicated to helping children with congenital or acquired heart disease in developing countries throughout the world. We serve all children without respect to their race, religion or sex. Our primary goal is to make ourselves obsolete in the countries that we serve. To this end, we strive to educate the health care professionals in the countries we travel and bring them to the United States for advanced study so that they may better serve their own children.

Managua, Nicaragua (April 9 - 23, 2002)

April 9/Surgical Day #2

ICHF team is currently operating at the Hospital Infantil in Managua. This is the seventh mission to the capital of Nicaragua. During the next two weeks, the team will operate on about 20 children with life-threatening cardiac defects. The team operated on Laura and Gerthyn yesterday and Maria and Lenin today. Four countries are represented among this team's members: USA, Peru, Croatia, and Nicaragua. Teammates For Kids Foundation, founded by country music singer Garth Brooks, is funding this mission through a generous $15,000 grant.



April 10/Surgical Day #3

Six children have now received open-heart surgery on this Nicaragua mission. Laura, Gerthyn and Maria are all doing very well out of the ICU. Lenin is doing very well also. We are going to watch him an extra day in the ICU for precautionary reasons because of the degree of his pre-surgical heart disease. He will be transferred out with the other three children in the morning. This morning, the team operated on Heyner, a 2 year old boy with severe aortic stenosis. He did very well and is resting comfortably in the ICU with his mother. In the afternoon, we operated on Yadelin, a 3 year old girl with tetralogy of Fallot. She also did very well and is sleeping in the ICU. Both children are stable. Tomorrow, we will begin the day by operating on Mariangeles, a 6 month old girl with with a very complex and severe form of congenital heart disease, total anomalous pulmonary veins. Mariangeles is currently very sick and this operation and the postoperative care will be challenging.



April 16/Surgical Day #8

We have now operated on 15 children. In the second week of this Nicaraguan mission, the ICHF team is fatigued from long hours in the operating room and intensive care unit, however spirits are buoyed by the happy parents and children. On Saturday, we operated on Maria, a 2 1/2 year old girl from El Salvador. Unable to receive surgical care in their native country, Maria's mother, Nancy, brought Maria to Managua when she heard of the ICHF team's arrival. Preoperatively, Nancy expressed feelings of anxiety and worry. These feelings have yielded to those of relief and happiness following her daughter's successful surgery.



April 29

The 12-member ICHF team returned from Managua last week. During this two-week mission, 18 children received life-saving open-heart surgery. On the last surgical day, a party was hosted for these children. Heartfelt thanks goes out to Garth Brooks' Teammates For Kids Foundation, Project Open Heart, and other financial supporters who made this trip possible. These eighteen children now look forward to happy and active lives thanks to your support.


Garth Brooks Foundation Awards ICHF $15,000 Grant

January 30, 2002 -- The Teammates For Kids Foundation, founded by country music singer Garth Brooks, awarded ICHF a $15,000 grant to fund our medical trip to Managua, Nicaragua in April.

A grant proposal was submitted to the Teammates For Kids Foundation in Littleton, Colorado last October and Director of Charitable Giving Hallie Caldwell made a site visit to ICHF in November. The Teammates For Kids Board met in January and voted to award ICHF this grant.

ICHF will be making it seventh trip to Hospital Infantil in Managua in April. So far, 106 Nicaraguan children have received open-heart surgery by the ICHF medical teams. During the first trip in 1996, the ICHF medical team performed the first open heart surgery ever in Nicaragua, either in adults or children.


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