A simple child,
That lightly draws its breath,
And feels its life in every limb,
What should it know of death?


Dr. William Novick, Founder, International Children’s Heart Foundation, Wins Frederique Constant Passion Award

 Dr. William Novick, Founder of the International Children’s Heart Foundation, was awarded the Frederique Constant Passion Award in Geneva, on June 28, 2007.  The Passion Award is presented annually to recognize the most passionate entrepreneur who has successfully developed an international business and to highlight their true passion that is typically the main driver of a successful entrepreneurial business.

 Dr. Novick started the International Children’s Heart Foundation in July 1994 and has been taking volunteer m edical teams around the world to provide free operations to children with congenital heart defects.  To date, the International Children’s Heart Foundation has made 144 medical mission trips and operated on almost 3000 children in 20 countries.  Over 1000 volunteers have traveled with the medical teams over the years.

 Since its modest beginnings in 1994 of making five medical mission trips and operating on 101 children, Dr. Novick has elevated the International Children’s Heart Foundation to an organization that is recognized as a leader around the world at providing more heart surgery and education than any other organization in its class.

Dr. Novick, the International Children’s Heart Foundation and its volunteers have been recognized at the highest government levels (awarded Presidential Medals by three countries: Belarus, Croatia, and Nicaragua) and by the media (Academy Award for Chernobyl Heart Documentary, 2004).  Foundation volunteer physicians routinely appear on the list of America’s Best Doctors.

 As a Passion Award winner, Dr. Novick will receive a solid gold Frederique Constant watch from the Heart Beat Manufacture collection and will be offered a Business Case Study by Prof. Dominique Turpin of IMD Lausanne. _____________________________________________________




               Afghani Child Receives Life-Saving Surgery In Pakistan

A few weeks ago we received an email from a US Navy officer stationed in Afghanistan.  LT Jobe Galli was searching for help for his Afghani interpreter’s 1-1/2 year old boy who has a congenital heart defect.   LT Galli’s own son had a similar defect and received surgery when he was only eight days old, so this little boy’s condition really hit close to home.

LT Galli wrote a summary of Rahim (interpreter) and Hibrahim’s situation and sent it to everyone he knew.  LT Galli stated, “When I saw Rahim after I found out about his son, I knew that I couldn’t live with myself, seeing him, talking to him, working with him, and getting to know him every day for a year, if I wasn’t doing everything in my power to help him.”


   A group of US Navy service members had given Rahim money to take Hibrahim to the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul .  Hibrahim was diagnosed with atrial septal defect and transposition of the great vessels.  Rahim was encouraged to stop spending his money on diagnostic procedures because without surgery, Hibrahim’s condition was terminal.  There are no surgeons in that are capable of performing the necessary surgery.

A hospital in the agreed to perform the operation for free, but getting Hibrahim and his father to the US was impossible.  LT Galli’s search eventually led to the International Children’s Heart Foundation, where he was informed about our upcoming trip to Pakistan.  He was told that our team could perform the operation at The Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi.

Hibrahim received his operation on Friday, June 22.  Getting this child’s operation took a collaborative effort by US military personnel, friends all over the world, ICHF volunteer medical team, and Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped save Hibrahim’s life.

In Memory Of
Dale Howard Henderson
June 1, 1970 - September 6, 2006

In light of his big heart and love for children, Dale's family selected the International Children's Heart Foundation for donations in lieu of flowers.  We would like to extend our sympathy to Dale's family and friends during this difficult time.  Thanks to all who have donated in Dale's memory.  For more information about Dale, please go to his memorial website at





















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