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Pediatric Cardiac Program

Healing Hearts In Palestine
The “Healing Hearts” Program in Palestine started in 1998, when we brought an American team to Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to operate on babies born with heart defects. Since then, thousands of volunteer doctors and nurses from all over the work have volunteered their time and expert skills to save the lives of thousands of babies in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as to build a program that will develop sustainability and independent care for the hundreds of children born each year in Palestine with congenital heart disease. Our goal is to develop diagnostic, surgical and post-operative care for these children, as well as to train local staff and provide infrastructural support.

The PCRF currently is supporting two programs in Palestine to build up local services and to provide life-saving surgery for sick children with heart defects.

THE GAZA STRIP - THE EUROPEAN GAZA HOSPITAL/KHAN YOUNIS

While our first missions to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City in pediatric cardiac surgery were from 2000-2004, led by Dr. Alan Kerr from New Zealand, the PCRF began building a program at the EGH in Khan Younis in April, 2013. This project was led by Dr. Stefano Luisi and is to enable children who are not able to travel outside of Gaza easily due to the occupation a chance to be treated locally.

WEST BANK - THE PALESTINE MEDICAL COMPLEX/RAMALLAH

While our first missions to Ramallah Hospital were from 1999-2002, we re engaged the PA Ministry of Health in building a department in the Bahraini Hospital in 2015. PCRF is currently supporting the training of doctors and nurses, the building of infrastructure, including a pediatric intensive care unit, surgery for children with heart defects through the sponsorship of medical missions to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Meet the Consultants to Make This Project Work

International Palestinian Cardiac Relief Organization (IPCRO)

In April, 2004 the University of Ghent in Belgium hosted the first meeting for dozens of volunteer doctors and nurses from all over the world to plan for the long-term building and support for a pediatric cardiac surgery program in Palestine. Led by IPCRO’s first president – Professor Guido Van Nooten – IPCRO has since evolved into the main consulting partner of the PCRF, advising on missions, patient care, ICU protocols, infrastructural support and development. The goal of IPCRO is to build up services so that eventually these children can be treated in the PA MOH and not be transferred abroad for expensive and difficult care.

Successful Stories

Here are some of the children who we have helped to treat over the years

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