The Little Hearts Project
The Little Hearts Project is a comprehensive pediatric cardiac program created in partnership with local Honduran health providers. Little Hearts provides patient case management for patients with cardiac defects and diseases, including pre-op and post-operative care, and follow-up care for children from throughout Honduras.
For the past 8 years, the Little Hearts Project has sent a screening team of specialists from the US each year, and one US surgical team providing 20-25 open heart surgeries and 30-45 heart catheterization procedures during one week.
Since the beginning of the program, we have been thinking about how to make it sustainable, so we identified a Honduran cardiac surgeon to train as a pediatric cardiac surgeon, sponsored his training and education, and equipped him to perform surgeries year-round beyond the scope of the volunteer US teams.
In 2015, Dr. Victor Paz has completed his training and is performing pediatric surgeries with an all local team of medical professionals. Friends of Barnbas is transitioning from running Little Hearts to supporting the program, continually looking for ways to make the program self-sufficient.
In a country of over 8 million, Dr. Paz is the only practicing Honduran pediatric cardiac surgeon available.
You can be a part of this amazing program! You can save a Little Heart! Please give today to support the ongoing sustainability of Dr. Paz and the Little Hearts Project.
Friends of Barnabas partners with other nonprofits working in Honduras that sponsor surgical teams, by providing pre-op, post-op, and follow up care to children in need. Rather than trying to duplicate services, collaborating in this way allows Friends of Barnabas to maximize our resources, while building relationships with other great organizations in country, which in turn allows all of us to help more children in need. We partner with organizations to support cleft lip/cleft pallate surgeries, neurological surgeries, and others.