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Medical Missions to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology



There are an estimated 250-270 children with congenital heart defects that need open-heart surgery each year in Kemerovo.  Only about 60-80 children receive the surgery they need. The Division of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease was established in Kemerovo in 2005 and the surgeons have been performing open heart surgery on children over 12 months of age only.  But a large number of children with congenital heart disease need to be operated on during the first year of life or they will die.  Children who need surgery urgently are being transported to other centers far away.  Due to transportation problems and the critical condition of the children, many do not survive.

At the request of Leonid Barbarash, M.D., Ph.D, the Director of the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, Dr. William Novick agreed to assist the local physicians with establishing a congenital heart surgery program for neonates, infants and young children.  Additionally, ICHF will help with training and learning experiences for the local physicians and surgeons.




Medical Mission October 20 - November 2, 2013

The International Children's Heart Foundation completed another medical mission to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on October 20-November 2, 2013. The team, led by cardiovascular surgeon, Konstantin Drozdovski, consisted of three intensivists, one anesthesiologist and one cardiologist. The team came from two different countries. During the team's visit, 9 children received operations.


Medical Mission April 6-20, 2013

The International Children's Heart Foundation has completed another medical mission to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on April 6-20, 2012. The team, led by cardiac surgeons, William Novick and Konstantin Drozdovski, consisted of two intensivists and one cardiologist. The team came from three different countries. During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 10 children received operations.



 
 

Medical Mission December 8-22, 2012

The International Children's Heart Foundation completed another medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on December 8-22, 2012. The team, led by cardiac surgeons, William Novick and Konstantin Drozdovski, consisted of two intensivists, one anesthesiologist, and one cardiologist. The team came from three different countries. Twelve children received operations and two children received interventional catheterizations. Additionally, the volunteer medical staff from the ICHF team worked alongside the local staff teaching them the latest techniques in caring for children with congenital heart defects.



Medical Mission September 29 - October 13, 2012

The International Children's Heart Foundation completed its eighth medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on September 29 - October 13, 2012. The team was led by cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Konstantin Drozdovski and consisted of two intensivists and two cardiologists. Nine children received life saving operations.

 

The Maplewood Rotary Club again sends its sincerest Thanks to everyone who supported our annual Affair of the Heart fundraiser last April; especially all the hard working people at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, our principal event sponsor.

Proceeds from the Affair of the Heart dinner were dedicated to our club’s involvement in Rotary’s Gift of Life program, which provides critical heart surgery for children from developing countries around the world. With your help, our club was the sole sponsor of a medical mission to Kemerovo, Siberia, arranged by the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) headquartered in Memphis, TN.
 

The director of ICHF, Dr. Bill Novick, recently delivered our club a heart-warming update to share the great success of their recent mission.  Novick noted, “Thirteen precious lives were saved during the two-week mission by Dr. Boris Vingradsky’s team from Toledo, OH.  Two very difficult heart surgeries were performed and they were the first-of-their-kind in Siberia. All these children would have perished without your help.”

Maplewood Rotary Club’s Gift of Life Co-chairperson Rick Porter said, “The sincere gratitude we feel for these doctors, their teams of amazing medical professionals and for the support we receive from our communities, is impossible to convey in words.  We are sure, however, of one thing- nothing comes close to the joy you receive from helping a child!”

Thank You!

About the Maplewood Rotary Club, Maplewood, NJ

The Rotary Club is an International Organization comprised of community leaders around the globe and is most famous for nearly eradicating Polio.  The Maplewood Rotary Club has been sharing their time, talents and resources to help make our community and the world a better place, since 1930.


Medical Mission February 25 - March 10, 2012

The International Children's Heart Foundation completed its eighth medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on February 25 - March 10, 2012. The team was led by cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Konstantin Drozdovski and consisted of two intensivists, one cardiologist, and one anesthesiologist. Nine children received operations.


Medical Mission September 17 - October 1, 2011


The International Children's Heart Foundation completed another medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on September 17-30, 2011. The seventh medical mission trip to Kemerovo was led by cardiovascular surgeons Dr. William Novick and Dr. Konstantin Drozdovski. The team consisted of one perfusionist, two intensivists, and one cardiologist. Fourteen children received operations.


Medical Mission April 16-30, 2011

 

The International Children's Heart Foundation made its sixth medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on April 16-30, 2011. The team, led by cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Konstantin Drozdovski, consisted of one perfusionist, one intensivist, one cardiologist, one respiratory therapist, and two PICU nurses. The team came from three different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects.

 

During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 12 children received operations that would not have been possible without the support of Russian Gift of Life, USA.

 

 

Medical Mission November 6-20, 2010


The International Children's Heart Foundation made its fifth medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on November 6-20, 2010. The team, led by Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. William Novick, consisted of one anesthesiologist, one perfusionist, one OR nurse, one intensivist, one respiratory therapist, and four PICU nurses and one nurse intern. The team came from two different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects.

During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 15 children received operations that would not have been possible without the support of Russian Gift of Life, USA.




Medical Mission June 5-19, 2010


The International Children's Heart Foundation made its fourth medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on June 5-19, 2010. The team, led by Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. William Novick, consisted of one anesthesiologist, one perfusionist, one OR nurse, one cardiologist, two intensivists, six PICU nurses, and one student intern. The team came from six different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects. During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 18 children received operations that would not have been possible without the support of Russian Gift of Life, USA.




Medical Mission January 23 - February 6, 2010


The International Children's Heart Foundation made its third medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on January 23 - February 6, 2010. The team, led by Cardiovascular Surgeons Dr. William Novick and Dr. Yakov Elgudin, consisted of one anesthesiologist, one perfusionist, one OR nurse, one cardiologist, one respiratory therapist, two intensivists, six PICU nurses, and one translator. The team came from five different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects. During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 18 children received operations that would not have been possible without the support of Russian Gift of Life, USA.
 



Medical Mission August 1-15, 2009

The International Children's Heart Foundation made its second medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology on August 1-15, 2009. The team, led by Cardiovascular Surgeons Dr. Ali Dodge Khatami and Dr. Yakov Elgudin consisted of one OR nurse, one perfusionist, two intensivists, five PICU nurses, one cardiologist, one anesthesiologist, one respiratory therapist and one student/ICHF intern.  The team came from five different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects.

During the team's visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 13 children received operations that would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors.  Additionally, our volunteer doctors, nurses and technicians worked along side the local staff teaching them the latest techniques in taking care of children with congenital heart defects.



Medical Mission July 19 - August 2, 2008


The International Children’s Heart Foundation made its first medical mission trip to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology in Kemerovo, Siberia July 19 – August 2, 2008.  The team, led by Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. William Novick, consisted of three surgeons, one cardiologist, one anesthesiologist, two OR nurses, one perfusionist, two intensivists, three PICU nurses, one respiratory therapist, three interns and one child psychiatrist.  The team came from three different countries, all joining together for one cause -- to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects.


During our team’s visit to the Kemerovo Center of Cardiology, 14 children received operations.  Additionally, volunteer doctors, nurses and technicians worked alongside the local staff teaching them the latest techniques in taking care of children with congenital heart defects.


This medical mission trip would not have been possible without the support of our many sponsors and volunteers.  The International Children’s Heart Foundation extends its sincere thanks to Gift of Life Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA for helping make this trip possible and for providing hope to 14 children and their families.  The parents of the children that benefited from these operations were extremely happy and appreciative of the “gift of life” that their children had received.





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