Reach Children Around the World

Children living with congenital heart defects (CHDs) in developing countries are not as fortunate as we are in the U.S. They will often times die at a very young age unless they can receive lifesaving heart surgery — surgery that is not always available where they live.

Since 2013, the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation has been funding travel costs for children, a parent, an interpreter and a transfer nurse to come to North America for heart surgery, and back home again. Round-trip airfare costs between $2,000 and $3,000 per person — a cost that these families would never be able to afford on their own.

When children from North America are born with congenital heart defects, they typically have surgery within the first year of life. Children from developing countries are usually much older when they come for surgery, and this presents new medical challenges. These challenges give doctors new medical opportunities they would not otherwise have. As a result, this will advance patient care and medical research, while placing the child in the world’s best medical facilities.

Through providing travel for these families, the ERHF® is fulfilling its mission by supporting families in need and making a very tangible difference in their lives. These children have very sick hearts and a shortened life span. But by bringing them to North America for lifesaving heart surgery, we can give them a better quality of life and a normal lifespan. That is a gift that will last a lifetime!

The ERHF is proud to partner with Children’s Heart Project to reach these children around the world. Currently over 1,000 children from Bosnia, Kosovo, Honduras, Uganda, Mongolia and Bolivia have received lifesaving heart surgery, but the waiting list grows longer. Please help us continue to save these children by donating here.