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Gift of Life District 7190 >> About Us

Mission Statement

Gift of Life is committed to providing hope to children from developing countries with heart disease, regardless of their gender, creed, or national origin, by supporting autonomous GOL programs in an effort to care for these children in need and to coordinate the development of sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in select countries through the empowerment of local healthcare professionals.

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Dr. Samuel S Ciccio was inspired by the work of the Manhasset Rotary Club on Long Island. Following a meeting with Robbie Donno, he committed to creating the District 7190 chapter, serving as its’ first President, alongside Richard Hodge who served as Treasurer.

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The first operation was performed at Albany Medical Center for Katya Bariozzi, a young girl from Venezuela.

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Gift of Life International was formed in 2003 and now includes 81 Gift of Life programs, 241 Rotary Clubs and 52 Rotary Districts around the world

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15 Mission Trips since have resulted in 171  children receiving life saving Surgeries and 115 Catheratizations

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38 Children received life saving surgeries  and catheratizations

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7 Missions since have resulted in 82 children receiving life saving surgeries and 58 cardiac catheterizations.

 

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Romanian trained local team performed 50 life saving surgeries in Romania and Israel.

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Over 2,000 children are now being helped each year through our global network. Since 1975, over 44,000 children with heart disease from 79 countries have been treated.

Gift of Life District 7190 has directly helped 355 young people from over 20 Countries with heart saving surgeries and we want to do MORE.

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Every year 1.3 million children are born with a congenital heart defect and 93% are born in a country that has no capacity to help them

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What We Do

Surgeries in the NY area – We work with other Gift of Life programs on five continents in order to provide care to children. Children who come to New York for assistance are often recommended by participating programs or other medical teams who examine the children near where they live. Often parents themselves research the internet looking to help their children. The program in the home country helps to coordinate transportation to the US, obtain passports and visas and assure that the child and parent have round trip travel to New York. The Gift of Life program handles all activity from the time the family arrives in New York until they leave. Most families stay between 4 and 6 weeks, stay with a host family that volunteers to provide room, meals and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All travel to medical appointments, medication and incidental expenses are covered by the Gift of Life.

Mission Trips – Gift of Life also participates in medical training and screening missions to several countries. In effect, this brings the medical care to the child rather than bringing the child to the US. In a screening mission, a team of medical professionals including doctors, surgeons and nurses will visit the country for a week or more, evaluate a number of children and treat as many as possible either through non-interventional means or surgical procedures. Complex cases are referred to participating hospitals here in the US or other programs around the world. A training mission is similar except that in addition to the team treating the children, they also work with local medical professionals to train them in the latest procedures and practices.

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