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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Pediatrics, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Just imagine being told your child may not survive until his or her next birthday because needed surgery, routine elsewhere in the world, is not available in your country. Families face this frightening diagnosis everyday. An astonishing 93% of the world?s population has no access to cardiac surgery (American Association of Thoracic Surgery).HeartGift's target audience is children born with congenital heart defects (primarily Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricular Septal Defect, Tetralogy of Fallot and Coarctation of the Aorta) in developing countries. These children must have no other access to the medical services necessary to save their life; without surgery some of these children have only a few months to live. Selection criteria include that the child be 14 years old or younger, have no chromosomal abnormalities, and suffer from a bi-ventricular condition that can be repaired with one surgery. This ensures we uphold our ethical responsibility to serve children who will live healthy, normal lives after one surgery given the child returns home to a developing country with little or no access to continued medical treatment.

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