Special Gift for a Mexican Child

A Special Gift for a Mexican Child – Christmas all year long for sick children.

AMPLATZER® Septal Occluder device.

Septal Occluder device

A very small device wrapped as a gift this season will bring smiles to several Baja California Sur families. This special gift will enable a pediatric cardiologist to repair a child’s congenital heart defect.

Surgery to open the chest will not be necessary, and their hospitalizations will not require blood transfusions, intensive care, or stitches to repair the incision. The child will  spend only one or two days away from home. Although readily available at cardiac centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, these devices have not made their way into the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation (LCCF) cardiac program.

Each device (AMPLATZER® Septal Occluder) and catheter delivery system necessary to repair a child costs approximately $1,000 U.S.

X-ray showing the Septal Occluder device in a chest.

X-ray showing the Septal Occluder device in a chest.

The LCCF-sponsored surgical program has now successfully helped 21 infants and children since June of 2013, a piece of this cardiac program still missing is the funding of an interventional device cardiac program. The cardiologists from Los Cabos, La Paz, and Omaha, Nebraska, will donate all their time and experience to insert these devices; we just need to find resources to purchase the catheter systems.

The number of families in Baja California Sur  seeking help for their children’s cardiac defect continues to grow along with the situations’ complexity. This catheter intervention will shorten the list of those needing cardiac care.

Your donations are tax deductible through Los Cabos Childrens’ Foundation. Donations given by check should read ¨LCCF – Cardiac Intervention Fund¨ so they are restricted to these children and this program.

Photos of Children that have had surgery to open their chests for heart repair.

Children that have had the device inserted to repair heart problems.

Please send your donations to:
los-cabos-childrens-foundation-2Los Cabos Children’s Foundation
PO Box 2057
Sioux Fall, SD 57101-2057
Donations given by check should read ¨LCCF – Cardiac Intervention Fund¨

Update and information by Dr. Richard McFaul, MD – Pediatric Cardiology

LCCF Completes Year 2013 Pediatric Cardiac Program
A historic collaboration benefiting 27 children from Baja California Sur

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (BCS) December 15, 2013 – The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation (LCCF) successfully completed its second round of pediatric cardiac operations December 2 through 6 at Hospital General Juan María de Salvatierra in La Paz, Baja California Sur. To date, 27 children have received critical medical assistance through this historic program spearheaded by the LCCF and delivered through support from the Mexican government, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha, Nebraska (USA), La Paz non-profit Corazon de Niño A.C. and the private sector.