“Flying” Hospital for Tiny Broken Hearts

Each year, more than 1 million babies globally are born with a congenital heart defect—and most require corrective surgery within weeks.

Because of a lack of resources and cardiac specialists, many babies in low-income countries go untreated. In Tanzania, for example, only a few surgeons are trained to perform open heart surgery, and there is only 1 medical center equipped for the job.

To reach more kids, Doctors with the UK’s Little Hearts NGO flies out teams of surgeons and nurses to perform surgeries and provide equipment to treat children in low-income countries. They can’t reach all the patients in need—but with eyes on the long-term, they also emphasize training local health workers.

International Business Times
 

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