April 5th was a remarkable week for the children of El Salvador. During this week, the First-Ever Pediatric Electro-Physiology Medical Mission took place at Hospital de la Mujer in San Salvador with patients transported for recovery overnight at Hospital Bloom. A total of 15 children, who had been living for years with no hope of ever receiving the specialized procedure needed to correct their heart ailment, received successful ablations to correct their irregular and racing heartbeats.
Their quality of life had been compromised for years due to this debilitating condition which could not be treated in their home country. Within hours of receiving their ablation procedures, the children expressed amazement at how much better they felt and the incredible difference in how their heart was beating almost immediately.
The children and their parents were overjoyed to have their despair turned to hope in a matter of hours.
Gift of Life International wishes to thank Latidos de Esperanza and Regalo de Vida El Salvador for their coordination of the mission, Dr. Juventino Amaya and Hospital de la Mujer for the use of the Cath Lab at their wonderful facility, Hospital Bloom for making accommodations to screen and recover the children, Electro-Physiologists Dr. Kevin Shannon, Dr. Jeremy Moore and EP Nurse Anita Titmass for traveling to El Salvador from UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to provide treatment to these children and coordinate the donation of specialized equipment (thanks to BARD and Boston Scientific) and supplies needed to perform these procedures, and to the Rotary Club of Oakland, Club Rotario San Salvador, Club Rotario San Salvador Cuscatlan and the Rotary Foundation for partnering a Rotary Global Grant to fund this mission.