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Nepal Invitation 2015

MISSION INVITATION DHULIKHEL HOSPITAL/KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, NEPAL May 3-16, 2015   You are cordially invited to participate in the 2015 inaugural mission to Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal. This 225-bed community supported hospital is expanding services to 2.5 million Nepalese to include full cardiac services. The cardiology department is currently providing angiograms and newly begun interventional cardiology procedures in-house. They are now prepared to begin a full cardiac surgery program and have asked for the support of CardioStart International. The local team members have acquired some early education in their areas [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:42+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Nepal|0 Comments

Tampa Fishing Fundraiser

First Annual Fishing Tournament Hosted by Dr. Rolando and Lisa Rodriguez Announcing the First Annual Fishing Tournament hosted by Dr. Rolando and Lisa Rodriguez at Hula Bay Club, Tampa. This Fundraiser brought in over 9 thousand dollars and a fantastic competition on the water! Dr. Rodriguez is on the CardioStart Board […]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:53+00:00 June 8th, 2014|Blog1, News, Recent News|0 Comments

2013 Peru Mission Report

On October 6, 2013, CardioStart International performed their 11th Cardiac surgery mission to Arequipa Peru under the direction of Dr. Mariano Brizzio.  A team of 28 volunteers hailing from 5 countries joined together at Honorio Delgado Hospital to give the gift of life to 10 adults and 2 children.  Many of the cases were multiple cardiac surgery interventions yet all did well and were discharged within a week of the team leaving the country. The team struggled with a lack of disposables, which were held in customs with the 40-foot [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:55+00:00 January 7th, 2014|Blog1, Homepage Featured|0 Comments

Heart to Heart Benefit Success

Thank you so much for the generous support to “Heart to Heart” Benefit dinner to assist mission teams in saving lives of the children and the poor in Ghana, Uganda, Peru, and Vietnam.  This was our first full-scale fundraiser and the amount of donations you gave was impressive.  There are still some pledges trickling in, but most of the numbers are in. Are you sitting down?  Hold onto your hats if not....  You raised $45,033 dollars! wow... A special thank you to J DiMarce Group family for their generous support of $10,000 dollars [...]

By | 2013-08-10T14:55:35+00:00 August 10th, 2013|Blog1, Recent News|0 Comments

Smiles Amid Struggles

Lots of stress today, one of our patients is not doing well after his surgery, and the team is filled with sorrow and worry. So much about the medical field that I am unaware of…the sheer responsibility of someone’s life. Yet I walk around the hospital and find smiles and kindness from the people here. One woman came up to me to thank the Cardiostart team for coming all this way and to say what a difference the surgery made in her life. The waiting rooms hold so many people [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:01+00:00 November 16th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured|0 Comments

Heart Surgery for Ugandian Soldier

Van Tran, one of our medical data people, interviews every one of our patients about their socio-economic status. Some people want to talk and others just want to answer the questions. Ologi, 36 yr old, told his soldier’s tale. At 14 he became a soldier. Why? He wasn’t swept away or stolen but felt the need to defend his country against rebel activities and he was proud of being a soldier — at 14. He ran away from his family and didn’t let them know where he was for three years. [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:01+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Blog1|0 Comments

Miracles Abound in Uganda

I’ve talked about the amazing team Cardiostart brings to Uganda. Two of those people, Ashad from Pakistan and Sandy from the USA, have a huge responsibility. They are biomedical engineers and their job is to fix all the machines and to teach and collaborate with the one biomedical engineer employed by the hospital. It is an enormous job and responsibility. Ashad is MacGyver or just Magic. And if you think about heart surgery, you know how important all the machines are to patients. It is a crucial part of the success [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:01+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Blog1|0 Comments

Student Outreach: Florida to Uganda

High School students in Florida send science textbooks with medical supplies Today, some of us sorted through the supplies and equipment CardioStart shipped to Mulago Hospital a few months ago. Among the shipment was four large boxes packed with science textbooks given by Dan Carella, a high school science teacher, and some of his students in Florida. In fact, Dan and some of students helped pack the 40-foot container at the CardioStart office in Tampa. I was asked to help find a local school that would like these great books. [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:02+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Uganda Mission: A Volunteer’s View

If you put together cardiologists, perfusionists, surgical techs, ICU and pediatric nurses, emergency physicians, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists, data processors, biomedical techs and all the supplies that they can bring along with two enormous shipments, the result is a well oiled machine. These people come here as strangers and represent the countries of Uganda, Nigeria, UK, Germany, Pakistan and the USA. These volunteers pay their own airfare and use their vacation time to work for the good of the patients and to improve the quality of care. These talented, devoted professionals energetically attacked [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:02+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Past Missions|0 Comments

Heart Surgeon’s 25-year Impact

Dr. Aubyn Marath I met Dr. Aubyn Marath in 2006 when I participated in my first CardioStart mission to Arequipa, Peru.  He seemed attractive, energetic, and visionary.  In the subsequent six years, I have come to see him as the most altruistic, compassionate, and humanitarian person I have ever met. Much of my relationship with Aubyn has taken place in clinical settings.  His approach to complex clinical problems is thoughtful and resourceful.  For patients with complex congenital heart disease, Aubyn draws from a wealth of [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:03+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured|0 Comments