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We are highlighting Dr. Franciele Regiane Rohden from the General Pediatric Hospital “Niños de Acosta Ñu” in Paraguay. In 2023, Dr. Rohden completed a six-month training in Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging at the Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. Supported by Surgeons of Hope and esteemed doctors including Dr. Nancy Garay, Dr. Constancio Medrano, Dr. Enrique Maroto, and Dr. Fernando Ballesteros, this training has brought her advanced professional skills.

Training included outpatient rotations, transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and fetal echocardiography. These skills will greatly enhance the quality of pediatric cardiac care she provides, offering hope to countless children and their families in her community.

Together, we are making a lasting difference. Thank you! 

We are thrilled to announce that Diana Chinchilla has joined Surgeons of Hope as our new Operations and Missions Director!

Based in Costa Rica, Diana brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to our team. With a background in commercial and operations management for brands like Life Fitness and Salvatore Ferragamo, Diana’s strategic thinking and project management skills will be invaluable as we continue to expand our impact.

Diana’s expertise in fundraising diversity, storytelling, and audience engagement will help us reach new heights in our mission to provide life-saving cardiac care to children in need. Her commitment to community service and passion for helping others align perfectly with our goals, making her an incredible addition to our team.

Join us in welcoming Diana Chinchilla to the Surgeons of Hope family. We are excited about the positive impact she will have on our missions and the lives of the children we serve!

Surgeons of Hope strives to create a world in which every infant and child with a damaged heart has an equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery

A Call to Action

From August 27, 2023 to September 1, 2023 Surgeons of Hope will join over 40 Global Arch members at the 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. This event will bring together invited patient and family organizations, clinicians, and humanitarian organizations from around the world to learn from each other and create a unified voice for those affected by childhood-onset heart disease. During the conference, an urgent Call to Action will be presented urging all governments, all health and development agencies, and the world research and academic community to protect and promote the health of all people with pediatric and congenital heart diseases. Please sign on to show your support.

Latest News

Meet Franciele, a pediatric cardiologist training in echocardiography training in Spain from June 2023 to December 2023 with the support of SOH

In April, a team of 17 individuals from Spain, 1 from Nicaragua, 2 representatives from Surgeons of Hope and one from Mending

Surgeons of Hope’s returned to Costa Rica after a 3-year hiatus because of the pandemic. A medical team from Chicago, led by

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Meet Our Heroes

Meet Jhonatan, a heart hero who underwent a life-changing open-heart surgery to correct truncus back in March 2019. Truncus arteriosus," also called "common truncus." It's a condition where babies are born with just one highway instead of two that come out of their heart. They also have only one traffic light controlling the blood flow instead of the usual two. 🚦


This mix-up leads to a problem because the oxygen-rich blood gets all mixed up with the oxygen-poor blood. This means that too much blood goes to the lungs, and the poor heart must work extra hard to pump blood to the rest of the body. 💔 Children, like Jhonatan, with this condition need a special surgery to fix their heart and blood vessels. Fast forward to 2023, Jonathan had the opportunity to express his heartfelt gratitude to the extraordinary doctors who transformed his life.

Watch Holman’s Story

Holman received lifesaving surgery 6 years ago, when he was just 12 years old. We were able to reconnect with Holman and his doctor. This compelling story was captured on video and truly embodies the Surgeons of Hope mission.