On February 10th, 12 Ethiopians flew to Cochin, SW India, for cardiac care at AIMS Amrita Hospital, organized by JDC‐Ethiopia. Each time we organize a heart group, we find some patients have recently died. This time, we lost a 12 year old boy and a 26 year old woman before departure.
Some patients will have complicated surgery; others ‐ balloon procedures. We have many more patients – in 2012, we got 138 new heart patients, a 31% increase over the previous year. Lack of funding is the key factor limiting our ability to help.
Procedures cost up to $3,500, surgeries up to $8,000 (including airfare). With Valentines Day on our minds, this is a great opportunity to give healthy hearts to people without any other chance.
Click here for detailed information about each patient, and take a look at their shining faces below! Click to enlarge the images. Photos and stories used with permission.
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Contact us at: EthiopianHearts@gmail.com.
Rick Hodes, MD and the JDC‐Ethiopia heart team
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