What we do to save lives

Since 1995, Save a Child's Heart has treated more than 4,200 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease. The annual number of children we treat has grown dramatically from 48 cases in 1996 to over 260 in 2016.

The children we help are treated at the Wolfson Medical Center and housed at the Legacy Heritage Children’s Home of Save a Child’s Heart, both located in Holon. They come from around the globe, from more than 50 countries where adequate medical care is simply unavailable.

Approximately 50% of the children are from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Iraq and Morocco, more than 30% are from Africa, and the remainder are from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.

Incredibly, in today’s modern age, at any given moment there are thousands of children suffering from heart disease around the world who require our assistance.
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We've already saved over 4,500 children!

Baraa

Baraa was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects in infancy due to congestive heart failure, and was first treated at Wolfson Medical Center in 2013 when he was six months old.

Jarusha

Meet Jarusha. In 2001, Jarusha was a sick two-year-old living in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Thanks to the generosity of Eph and Shirley Diamond, she found herself on the journey of a lifetime to Save a Child's Heart. She arrived in Israel in June and was treated by Dr. Ami Cohen himself.

Deus

Deus from Tanzania came to SACH in 2013 at age 5 for life saving heart surgery. With help from the Orthopedic department at Wolfson Medical Center, he received a prosthetic leg and took his first steps ever at the Chidlren's Home.

Doctors we train

Tragically, there are countries around the world that simply don’t have the resources or the doctors to save the lives of children. The ultimate goal of Save a Child’s Heart is to create centers of medical competence in developing countries so that children can be treated independently in their own communities.

At the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel, Save a Child’s Heart brings medical personnel from partner sites around the globe to take part in the Save a Child’s Heart outreach training program. Medical personnel receive in-depth post-graduate training in all facets of pediatric cardiac care, including cardiology, surgery, anesthesia, intensive care, perfusion, and nursing.

Training programs vary from three months to five years and are all held under the auspices of the Sackler School of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University and the Center for International Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry of Israel – MASHAV.

The annual cost to train one physician is $25,000. You can become a sponsor of a physician and receive real time updates and photographs as well as be in contact with the physician. Please click the donate button below or send us an email indicating which physician you are interested in sponsoring.

Save a Child's Heart is embarking on its biggest project yet

The International Pediatric Cardiac Center will be a worldwide center of competence in pediatric cardiac care with international recognition in pediatric cardiac treatment, training and research. It will serve as a model for other Save a Child's Heart centers of competence in developing countries.

The existing pediatric cardiac care facilities at the WMC are stretched to the limit and beyond, they are scattered throughout the hospital.

The WMC serves a catchment area of half a million people, principally in disadvantaged areas of Southern Tel Aviv, Holon, Bat Yam and Jaffa. It is almost entirely dependent on government support and is regarded as one of Israel’s financially poorer hospitals, reflected in the general poor quality of its equipment and infrastructure. In addition, the WMC is the sole provider of pediatric heart treatment for 250 children from developing countries brought to Israel by Save a Child's Heart every year.

This new state of the art child oriented medical facility will house all of the infrastructure and equipment needed to perform pediatric heart surgeries, including all pre and post-operative care. It will guarantee that Save a Child's Heart will be able to continue with its medical mission for at least the next 20 years and will allow the WMC to better serve its local catchment population.

The IPCC will allow Save a Child's Heart to save more children's lives and strengthen Save a Child's Heart’s mission to ensure that the over 5.5 million children in developing countries with heart disease will have access to the medical care they need to survive and thrive.

Given the existing internationally recognized expertise of the Save a Child's Heart medical staff in the field of pediatric cardiac care and the unique international patient pool drawn from four continents and 50 countries, the facility will become a world class internationally recognized pediatric heart center providing lifesaving care to local children as well as children from developing countries throughout the world.
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