Win a Trip to Mexico City with SoH Heart Ambassador Diego Luna

We have partnered with Diego Luna, SoH Heart Ambassador, to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget! Diego Luna is an actor and filmmaker who stars in the Netflix hit series Narcos and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

You and a companion could be flown out to Mexico City, stay in a 4-star hotel, and join Diego for an extraordinary dining experience at Pujol, one of the best restaurants in the world. At dinner, you will get to know Diego over a tequila tasting and seven-course meal! You will also have the chance to go on a private tour with a personal driver so that you can explore all that Mexico City has to offer.

All entry proceeds from this fundraising campaign will go towards our mission to create a world in which every child with a damaged heart has an equal opportunity to receive life-saving treatment.

All you have to do is click this link and enter now! Thank you for supporting Surgeons of Hope!

Surgeons of Hope Expands to Paraguay

Surgeons of Hope is thrilled to announce its recent expansion to Paraguay! Beginning on March 15th, the organization conducted a week-long surgical, interventional and training mission at the Children’s Hospital of Acosta Ñu, the only public hospital solely dedicated to infants and children in the country.

This mission would not have been possible without the help of Surgeons of Hope’s partners from the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón and the Hospital Universitario La Paz, whose medical expertise and training skills made this mission a resounding success. Surgeons of Hope is also grateful to Medtronic and Bioline for their generous donation of much needed medical supplies, including catheters, guidewires, balloons and stents, and to Menudos Corazones, for the educational and emotional support it provided for the families on this journey of treatment and recovery.

Initially, the mission planned to complete life-saving interventions on 20 children. However, due to the immense team spirit and dedication exhibited by the local and international medical teams, a total of 33 life-saving interventions –including 8 open heart surgeries and 25 interventional catheterizations– were performed. In just one week, more interventions through catheterizations were achieved than in the past three years, on patients ranging from one month to 17 years old.

When undergoing cardiac repair or palliation through catheterization, patients are able to leave the hospital 24 hours post-intervention, as it employs a minimally invasive technique that leaves no scars on the chest. Instead, it is done by threading catheters through blood vessels until they reach the patient’s heart and vessels, allowing for a more comfortable and faster recovery. For every two open heart surgeries performed, four patients came out of the catheterization room.

While the hospital has a Catheterization (Cath) laboratory, it does not have sufficient local expertise or the necessary supplies to routinely and efficiently use it. In order to resolve this issue, Surgeons of Hope is creating a fund to provide training and supplies to optimize the capabilities of the catheterization program. To this date, there are still over 300 patients on the waitlist for life-saving heart surgery or interventional catheterizations. Additionally, we project around 500 newborn patients with a congenital cardiac malformation delivered every year. Surgeons of Hope needs your help to bring the Children’s Hospital of Acosta Ñu Catheterization Program to life, which, encompassed with an active cardiac surgical program, would ultimately ensure that all of these children have the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Surgeons of Hope would greatly appreciate any donations, small or big, to help them make this vision come true.

Thanks to your generosity, our teams are saving more children than ever before. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to Surgeons of Hope.

Victoria Flamant Appointed Executive Director of Surgeons of Hope

The Board of Directors of the Surgeons of Hope Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Flamant as Executive Director.

Victoria comes to Surgeons of Hope (SoH) with deep and relevant international nonprofit expertise from her experience working with Malala Fund and serving as a focal point for civil society and foundation engagement at the World Bank Group (WBG). She has represented both organizations at key global meetings, such as the United Nations General Assembly and the Summit of the Americas, and has built successful life-changing initiatives from the ground up, including the WBG Youth Summit and One Journey Festival. Ms. Flamant holds a Masters Degree from the New School in Non-Profit Management and a Bachelors Degree in International Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.

“SoH is excited to take its multinational life-saving pediatric cardiovascular services to the next level with Victoria’s leadership and fundraising skills. We see the fit as perfect for both of us,” said Judith O’Neill, Vice President of Surgeons of Hope.

“Given Surgeons of Hope’s important mission, its global reputation and track record of saving thousands of children in Latin America, I am honored to join the organization. I look forward to leading its work as Executive Director to ensure as many children as possible are given an equal chance for a healthy life”, added Ms Flamant.

CONTACT: Judith O’Neill, 212-977-4424

Volunteer Oportunity at our Administrative Office

Special Events and Program Coordinator Intern Position:

We are looking for someone enthusiastic to join a dynamic team for a part-time or full-time internship opportunity. This position will be performing creative thinking; fundraising; marketing; administration; other duties as required to get the job done! It is important the applicant be organized and have an eye for detail. Previous experience in development or special events preferred.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Assisting with data entry and administrative tasks associated with the events
Assisting with event invitation, program, and registration materials
Help manage donations and acknowledgements & interact with donors
Submit periodic reports to Executive Director regarding program and volunteer activities
Assist with other administrative duties as required
Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communications skills, a positive attitude, and enthusiasm for humanitarian work.


Working knowledge with Microsoft Office Suite; experience with eTapestry is a plus.

Applications are for the fall session, with a commitment needed for February – June.

Applications will be accepted until midnight February 28, 2019.

Qualifications and Skills

Education Level: Junior/Senior Undergraduate. S students welcome to apply

Job Type: Internship

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A Light of Hope

Two weeks ago, a 6 month old patient from Matagalpa came to our Health Center in Nicaragua. He was diagnosed with an Obstructed Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR), a congenital heart defect that affects the pulmonary veins. If left untreated, this disease will inevitably prove fatal. Unfortunately, our next mission in Nicaragua won’t be until this coming August, the baby simply could not wait. The local team, however, had never performed a surgical repair on a TAPVR before so they were very hesitant to try. With teamwork, support, and extraordinary bravery, they decided to go ahead with the surgery. There was no time to wait. We are exceedingly proud to say that the courageous team of doctors in Nicaragua successfully finished the repair. The baby boy, who was extubated last Tuesday, now has a healthy heart and is on the road to recovery towards a full and vibrant life. Even in the toughest conditions, and time running against them, these doctors gave him a chance of life and we are so honored that they are a part of Surgeons of Hope! #NoChildDeservesABrokenHeart

Filmmaker and Actor Diego Luna Works to Bring Greater Access to Pediatric Heart Surgery in Latin America: Nonprofit Surgeons of Hope names Luna as its first Heart Ambassador.

Filmmaker, actor and humanitarian, Diego Luna is partnering with the Surgeons of Hope Foundation to raise awareness of the growing need for children and babies to have access to life-saving heart surgeries, regardless of where they call home. Diego Luna is most notorious for his work in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Flatliners, and Narcos (a popular Netflix produced show). He is the organization’s first Heart Ambassador, a role in which he will travel to Latin America on a service mission to witness the Surgeons of Hope team demonstrate their impact firsthand. Click HERE to watch Diego Luna’s message to our supporters. We hope that with the help of the Mexico City native this global health issue will have the exposure it so rightfully needs.

Worldwide, over one million children are born with congenital heart disease every year. Millions more are affected by rheumatic heart disease. While most heart defects can be corrected or improved, children in developing countries are routinely denied life-saving cardiac surgery simply because they live in a region without access to adequate and affordable pediatric care.

“Both Diego and our organization believe that no child should die of a broken heart,” said Surgeons of Hope’s Executive Director Charles-Edouard Catherine. “It is an unconscionable loss that a child dies anywhere in the world from a heart defect due to lack of resources or proper care, and he’s helping us to further achieve this vision over the next year thanks to his commitment and leadership.”

Luna will travel with a team on an upcoming mission with the intentions of strengthening our cause and furthering our objective. This past year, Surgeons of Hope has helped save the lives of 486 children and performed over 18,000 screenings. At Surgeons of Hope, we believe that what matters isn’t what we bring, it’s what we leave behind; by providing training to local doctors, surgeons and nurses we facilitate the progressive growth to conquer this issue.

“I am inspired by the incredible work done by the doctors and volunteers who work with the Foundation on a daily basis” said Luna. “I was born in Mexico City and I know how important this is for Latin America. I’m honored and excited to announce that I am becoming a Heart Ambassador for Surgeons of Hope. I am looking forward to joining their next mission to Costa Rica in September, there are many families and patients who need our help!”

Click here to learn more about this amazing partnership.

About the Surgeons of Hope Foundation The Surgeons of Hope Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit established in 2001. The organization aims to ensure every infant and child with a damaged heart has equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery. Surgeons of Hope provides urgently needed treatment, trains medical teams, and builds health centers in under-resourced communities around the world.

New milestones in our global fight against heart disease

Dear friend,
Last week, I had the privilege to visit a new pediatric program in Lima, Peru, where together with Hearts with Hope, our volunteers have done over 100 screenings, and performed open heart surgery and interventional cardiology for 12 hours each day. I wish I could tell you what it’s like to meet our patients, their families, and to see them leave the hospital with a smile and a healthy heart just a few days later!
All the programs that are mentioned in this Newsletter are accomplished by unpaid volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. However without the support of our generous donors giving large and small contributions these attempts to help so many children could not happen. Our board members, volunteers and friends would like to thank all who give for the first time or many times over the years. I hope to see those of you who live in New York City at our Holiday Party on November 30, I would love to be able to thank you in person!
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde
Our first mission in Peru:
Thank you to our volunteers for their amazing work last week in Lima. This mission was a great success! Thank you for your courage and your conviction, for leaving behind all that is familiar and comfortable to serve others. Thank you also for realizing that the experiences you lived and the people you met taught you more than you could have imagined. Thank you for your patience, respect and perseverance, change is never easy. But most of all thank you for your kindness, care and love and for being the inspiration the world needs. And of course, thank you to the Children of Peru Foundation for their generous support and to Hearts with Hope for leading this project. Here is a picture of Yarifee, she is now home with a healthy heart!


A milestone for our program in Nicaragua:
We are very proud to announce that Dr. Téllez and Dr. Narváez, two Nicaraguan surgeons who were trained by our teams successfully performed a Glenn procedure last week in total autonomy in Managua for the very first time. As you can see, the patient is doing really well! The Glenn procedure is a complex surgery, this success is an important milestone for our program. At Surgeons of Hope we believe that what matters isn’t what we bring, it’s what we leave behind. Dr. Téllez and Dr. Narváez are two young talented surgeons, we are very proud to support them and their team. Together, we will save many more lives.
Surgeons of Hope’s Holiday Party:
Join us on November 30 to kick off the Holiday Season! This year our Holiday Party will be held at the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC. The reception will begin with a cocktail party as we come together to celebrate and raise money for the Foundation. Then, two talented pianist, Georgy Lenovo and Lora Al will amaze us with a short recital. French opera star David Serero will conclude the evening with a selection of French and American Christmas Carols to kick off the Holiday Season!
Our offer to you:
Two weeks ago, a member of our Board of Directors, Michael Katz has offered to personally match every dollar (up to $10,000) that is contributed to Surgeons of Hope from now until December 31, 2017. Michael is not only an active member of the Board, but has a unique connection to the organization. His daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Through his personal experience Michael realized how millions of families across the world are not as lucky to have access to pediatric cardiac care.
In just two weeks, we already raised $4,291, thank you! If you haven’t done so already, please click here to make your tax-deductible donation to Surgeons of Hope. Give before December 31, and Mr. Katz will personally match your gift and double the impact of your support!


Charles-Edouard Catherine
Executive Director
Surgeons of Hope Foundation

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Our Offer To You

Dear Friend,

As you already know, Surgeons of Hope has a crucial mission, saving the lives of babies and children affected with heart disease. Uniquely, Surgeons of Hope also has a sustainable long term model that enables local communities to, over time, have self-sustaining pediatric cardiac programs with limited to no further involvement from Surgeons of Hope. This model scales and can be implemented worldwide to ensure high quality care for the next generations. Because what matters isn’t what we bring, it’s what we leave behind.

A member of our Board of Directors, Michael Katz has offered to personally match every dollar (up to $10,000) that is contributed to Surgeons of Hope from now until December 31, 2017. Michael is not only an active member of the Board, but has a unique connection to the organization. His daughter, Alexandra, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Through his personal experience Michael realized how millions of families across the world are not as lucky to have access to pediatric cardiac care. As a result, he and his wife were drawn to the mission of the Surgeons of Hope Foundation.

With your help, we can continue to develop this model and provide care throughout the world. So please click here to make your tax-deductible donation to Surgeons of Hope. Give before December 31, and Mr. Katz will personally match your gift, up to $10,000 and double the impact of your support!



Charles-Edouard Catherine
Executive Director
Surgeons of Hope Foundation

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Meet Our Heroes: Medical Volunteers and Surgeons

Dear friend,
We have some exciting news! Thanks to the Association des Français Fonctionnaires Internationaux de New York (AFFIN), we will hold our next event on September 12th at 6:30pm! The focus of the evening will be a panel of some of the amazing and inspiring doctors who volunteer with Surgeons of Hope.
They will discuss their experiences and answer any questions you may have. In addition to the panel, there will be a meet and greet with our team and a showing of a video that captures all of the wonderful work done by Surgeons of Hope.

The panel will include:
Emile Bacha, MD
(Chief, Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital)
Charles Catherine
(Executive Director, Surgeons of Hope Foundation)
Eva Cheung, MD
(Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Pediatric ECMO Columbia University Medical Center)
Sibylle Eschapasse
(President, Association des Français Fonctionnaires Internationaux de New York and Moderator)
His Excellency Mr. Juan Carlos Mendoza Garcia
(Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations)
Shannan Pearsall
(Mended Little Hearts National Steering Committee Member, MLH of Long Island Group Coordinator)
Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro
(Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations)

The event will take place on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 630 PM in conference room 8 at the UN Headquarters (46th Street and 1st Avenue).

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New Steps Forward in Our Global Fight Against Heart Disease


Dear friend,

We are making progress!

Surgeons of Hope is focusing on continuing work established in primary sites while simultaneously beginning new projects to broaden the horizon of pediatric cardiac care in Latin America. In addition to over 180 and 240 surgeries projected to take place in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, respectively, we will be sending an assessment team to Paraguay this upcoming September to begin work there. Additionally, thanks to the support of the Children of Peru Foundation, we will be sending our first mission to Lima in November!

Infographic of past surgeries and future missions in Latin America

Current Status of Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are approximately 1,064,000 children born with CHD every year, unfortunately, 90% of these children are born in underserved countries. Hence, 957,600 of these children will not have access to modern treatment. 30% of these children will die in their first years of life. it is much easier to access open heart surgery in America, a country with 2,087 pediatric cardiologists, than in Nicaragua, a country that has merely four pediatric cardiologists for its population of six million! But thanks to your support, Surgeons of Hope is able to provide life-saving care to these children in need. Missions are continually being sent to Latin America, allowing over 10 surgeries to be performed in as little as one week. Furthermore, close to 20,000 screenings are performed by our teams each year to ensure that the proper pediatric care is delivered to those in need. 

Heart disease statistics for the Surgeons of Hope program including how many surgeries have been performed

Global Giving Essential Pumps Project
Do you want to have a hand in helping a heart? Syringe pumps are key to affording a child critical life-altering heart surgery. Medicines need to be dispensed at just the right intervals and in just the right dosage to maintain the infant’s life balance during surgery and in the days after surgery.  Success is when the tubes come out. In the picture below, OR and ICU nurse Ana Rosa dedicates her life to the infants and children under her care at our heart center in Nicaragua. She needs new syringe pumps for her patients and you can click the link below to support her. Every piece of equipment is a step ahead; the result is lasting progress.

Working with child heart disease patients at Surgeons of Hope
Here is the Global Giving link with more details of our project.

Think of Surgeons of Hope for Father’s Day!
Pictured below is little Yvonne and her father Danny. Thanks to your support, they are able to spend Father’s Day together this weekend. Amazon Smile is a simple way to support Surgeons of Hope every time you use Amazon to shop. Click here to find out more.

A father holding his daughter who received open-heart surgery with Surgeons of Hope

Thanks to your generosity, our teams are saving more children than ever before.
We are deeply grateful for your spirit, dedication, and commitment to Surgeons of Hope. 


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Wine Tasting Benefit Night



Dear friend,

Please join us on Wednesday, June 21st for a MAGNVM OPVS Tasting Concert to support Surgeons of Hope in conjunction with On Site Opera! The event will take place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Salon Rose of the Consulate General of France.

At a MAGNVM OPVS tasting concert, audiences are guided through a traditional wine tasting process, an exploration which uses the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. The wine tastings are built around specific singers, presenting specially curated wines alongside musical selections specifically chosen to highlight the parallels in both voice and wine.

Tickets to attend this event can be purchased via the link below. Proceeds from the benefit night will go towards saving the lives of children with congenital heart disease! For more information about the event, please click here. As always, your continued support is wonderful!

 Buy Tickets Now
Please purchase tickets by June 15.

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One Penn Plaza – 5th floor, suite 400

New York, NY 10119

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Anyone can be a victim of congenital heart disease, even the most fortunate


Two weeks ago the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, which usually welcomes millions of viewers daily, went silent.  After a week without any public appearance, Kimmel came back on his show on Monday, explaining that he had just spent the most difficult days of his life following the birth of his son, born with a congenital heart disease. He went through the details of the procedures, from the moment a nurse detected the heart murmur to the surgery, and finally to bringing little Billy back home. Thankfully, Kimmel had many resources and contacted different doctors and surgeons to provide the best surgery and care for his newborn son, but it doesn’t take away the fear and helplessness he must’ve felt.

In his very emotional monologue, which has been seen (as of today) 10.5 million times on YouTube, Jimmy Kimmel stresses the financial and political support that children’s hospitals need to save children in situations like these.

Of course, Jimmy Kimmel is fortunate enough to have an easy access to the complex surgeries that heart diseases require, but for many it’s a luxury that few can afford. Surgeons of Hope strives to give every sick child and their parents the same chance and the same resources for cardiac surgery, so that no life gets stopped short because of limited opportunities. We send our warmest thoughts to Jimmy Kimmel and his family, and thank him for shining a light on congenital heart disease and its implications.

You can watch the video HERE.


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