Nearly a million children around the world are born each year with congenital heart malformations. By operating on babies right after they are born, pediatric heart surgery can correct critical heart conditions for infants who would otherwise not live to see their first birthday.
In modern, industrialized countries, these life-saving surgeries are widely practiced and in the majority of cases these tiny patients go to on lead normal lives. Unfortunately, some of the world’s poorest countries lack doctors and even adequately equipped hospitals to perform such complex operations. This is where aiutare i bambini steps in.
Since 2005, 737 children have been saved thanks to pediatric heart surgeries made possible by "aiutare i bambini"
In countries like Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, and Kurdistan, the foundation supports regular missions of volunteer medical teams to operate on children in their home countries. For children in countries like Albania, Kosovo, and Zimbabwe where it was not possible to perform the operations locally, the children are transported to Italy for surgical care.
The foundation also supports doctors and hospitals in Cambodia and Cameroon by providing necessary equipment and technology for the operations, or by simply covering the costs of the surgeries.