Boston Cardiac foundation team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October of 2014 Boston Cardiac foundation team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October of 2013
Gilensh Haile,RN, Susan DeTurke, Salil Midha, MD, Greg MacDonald, MD, Jessica From L to R: Dr.Giday Araya, Dr.John O'Mara, Ms.Susan Deturk and Ms.Linet Okuku
Jordan, RN, John O'Mara,MD and Timothy Hudson, MD with local colleagues. Standing: Dr.Belay Abegaz,Medical Director, Dr.Salil Midha and Ms.Jessica Jordan, RN
Boston Cardiac Foundation (BCF) is a non-profit organization that brings medical technologies and services to less developed countries around the world. The BCF team is made up of physicians, nurses and technologist and performs cardiac procedures such as pacemaker implantation free of charge for patients who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Team members have been travelling around the globe on charitable missions for over 23 years.
Boston Cardiac Foundation team members have preformed over 300 pacemaker implants in India over the past 23 years. We just completed our missions to Asuncion, Paraguay;
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kigali, Rwanda. The ability to perform these procedures is in large part by the generous donations made by the major device companies, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Biotronik. These companies have donated over 3 million dollars in equipment and supplies over the past 23 years to our team members.
The 2015 mission to India was a very successful one. There were over 60 patients seen in the clinics that were held at Sitaram Bhartiya Hospital in New Delhi, and Jaswant Rai Specialty Hospital in Meerut, U.P. In these clinics patient received evaluation by a physician and ECG to determine if they were a candidate for a pacemaker implantation. If they were a patient who had received prior pacemaker implantation, they received follow up interrogation of their device. In addition to the follow up, there were 15 new pacemaker devices implanted. The procedures were performed by Dr. Salil Midha with the assistance of local doctors and nurses in addition to the BCF team.
BCF teams have just completed their missions in Africa and Paraguay in the past 2 months.The team helped over 35 new patients who needed the life saving devices.
We thank Cummings foundation, Live for Evan team and several of our donors and friends who have made these missions possible.
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