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Open Heart Surgery

Since 2014 HfH has been performing Open Heart Surgeries for African children by international medical staff from the US, UK and other countries. To date we have performed over 60 pediatric open heart corrective surgeries with a 96% success rate, and other pediatric open heart procedures (Pediatric Cardiac Catheterizations), as well as having screened and diagnosed over 1500 children in Africa. We achieve this using a mixed of salaried and volunteer medical professionals.

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in the world. As medical care and treatment have advanced, generally babies with a CHD are living longer and healthier lives. However, this isn’t the case in underdeveloped countries and continents like Africa, and the main reason for this is late diagnosis and treatment. CHDs are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. They can affect how blood flows through the heart and out to the rest of the body. CHDs can vary from mild (such as a small hole in the heart) to severe (such as missing or poorly formed parts of the heart).

About 1 in 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical CHD (also known as critical congenital heart disease). Babies with a critical CHD need surgery or other procedures in the first year of their life. In Africa most children often do not receive this life-saving surgery.

Less than 112 pediatric open heart surgeries are performed each year in most African countries. We have found that most children in Africa are under-screened and underdiagnosed. Most countries in the continent lack the basic infrastructure and personnel to provide the required screening and surgical services for these children and it’s because of this that they just aren’t able to diagnose the issue early enough or adequately treat the child to give him or her the best chance of a life.

At Hospitals for Humanity, our goal is to provide 150 free open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures every year on African children.

Pediatric Open Heart Initiative

Our Pediatric Open Heart Initiative is a program that encourages knowledge transfer and capacity building of our local partner institutions with a view to seeing them able to replicate these procedures in the foreseeable future.

From 6 years of thorough planning, Hospitals for Humanity has realized that awareness and screening programs that focus on proper diagnosis of CHD are equally as important as the pediatric open heart surgery.

We have found that children who require open heart surgery in Africa have higher mortality rates than other continents primarily because of the lack of services offered in Africa and lack of funds.

Please take a look at some of our success stories.

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.