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Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Initiative (PCTSI)

HfH ’s Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Initiative (PCTSI) is a program born out of a dire need in Nigeria.

“85,000 children are born yearly with congenital heart defects in Nigeria…less than one percent of these get the needed medical attention…”

The cost of accessing needed medical attention which usually involves referrals to health institutions outside Nigeria is more often than not out of the economic reach of the families of patients and as such they resort to management as much as they can afford or give up completely waiting for the inevitable a preventable death.

HfH’s PCTSI is also a program that encourages knowledge transfer and capacity building of local partner institutions with a view to see them able to replicate these procedures in the foreseeable future.

HfH’s PCTSI was launched in 2014 and has since carried out forty-nine (49) surgeries and counting on children with varying diagnosis and at a ninety-six (96%) success rate through its current time-limited PCTSI programs.

Efforts are however in place to translate this to a permanent presence.

SOME OF OUR SUCCESSFUL PCTSI SURGERIES

Following six years of thorough planning, Hospitals for Humanity carried out its first PCTSI in Nigeria in November 2014 in Garki Hospital Abuja and subsequently at the National Hospital Abuja.

Surgeries performed addressed all of the major congenital heart defects, including, but not limited to:

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), Single Atrium,Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), as well as patients with Multiple Diagnoses and Co-morbidity.

Hospitals for Humanity has since carried out forty nine (49) surgeries and one (1) cardiac cauterisation while fostering knowledge transfer and capacity building with local partner teams who have been working with us on these surgeries.

We have worked with Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH team), National Hospital team & Garki Hospital. Together we have worked to help give children a chance to go through life with healthy hearts and we are willing to do so much more!

PCTSI 1

November 27-December27 2014
Number of patients screened: 200
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 7
Operation: VSD & PDA, PDA, TOF (3), VSD, PDA &VSD.
Venue of Surgeries: Garki Hospital, Abuja.

PCTSI 2

12 June 2015 – 12 July 2015
Number of patients screened: 118
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 11
Operation: VSD (5), ASD; PDA, TOF, VSD/PDA, PDA, Warden Procedure, and PDA Thorodoctomy.
Venue of Surgeries: National Hospital. Abuja. 

PCTSI 3

10 August 2015 -September 10 2015
Number of patients screened: 44
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 7
Operation: VSD &SMALL PDA, LARGE PDA, SINGLE ATRIUM,TOF/SUBVALVULAR STENOSIS, PDA, VSD,
LARGE PDA.
Venue of Surgeries: National Hospital. Abuja.

PCTSI 4

October 31- November 30, 2015
Number of patients screened: 55
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 6
Operation: ASD & VSD, PDA & VSD, ASD & LARGE PDA, DOUBLE OUTLET, TOF &MPA, TOF.
Venue of Surgeries: National Hospital Abuja.

PCTSI 5

May 15-June 15 2016
Number of patients screened: 52
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 9
Operation: Large Perimembraneous VSD, Small PDA+PS, DORV+ Small reversal PDA, PDA+ Pulmonary HTN.
Venue of Surgeries: National Hospital Abuja.

PCTSI 6

November 13- December 13 2016
Number of patients screened: 120
Number of patients scheduled: 15
Number of patients operated: 9
Operation: PDA &VSD, DORV + PDA+PFO, Moderately large PDA + Chamber enlargements + PAH Large,ASD + swiss cheese VSD + small, PMB VSD
Venue of Surgeries: National Hospital Abuja.