Give a gift of life

Situation:

Of the approximately 8,000 children born with heart conditions each year in Colombia, 5,000 come from low-income families and need some sort of treatment in order to survive.

What do we do?

We provide free care for underprivileged boys and girls with heart conditions who don’t have access to high-quality medical services and technology. To do this, we conduct an average of 11 cardiology brigades each year in different cities across the country, in which children are examined by our specialists to identify heart diseases, and if necessary, taken to the Foundation for treatment. 

Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, we are able to cover the costs of treatment, lodging, meals and transportation to and from their places of origin.

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    With Ecopetrol, we save hearts.

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Partners of Cartagena, Bolivar.

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Partners of Meta department. 

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Partners of Valledupar, Cesar.

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Rotary Club Neiva, Rotary Club Monteria.

  • Partners


    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Partners of Pasto, Barranquilla and Cucuta.

  • Partners

     

    Thanks to all the support of our donors and partners, we can have diagnosis brigades all around the country.

    Partners of Manizales, Duitama and Yopal.

  • Results

    During the first half of 2014 we conducted five Brigades Cardiology where 1247 children were diagnosed, and so far 126 have been operated.

  • Results

    On February 21 and 22 of 2014, we examined a total of 257 boys and girls in El Meta.

  • Results

    31 children in El Cesar with heart disease received free services thanks to our Give a Gift of Life social outreach program.

  • Results

    About 13.6% of the diagnosed patients were selected for surgery or catheterization for free in Bogotá.

  • Results

    Thanks to the support and solidarity of the "Fundación Pequeño Corazón", 167 children were diagnosed in Manizales and around.

  • Results

    The sixth version Brigade detection of children with cardiovascular diseases in the Department of Nariño was performed.

  • Results

    Conducted in the city of Bogotá, the Brigade of Pediatric Cardiology in its first version, diagnosing total 363 children.

  • Results

    On 27 and 28 August 2014 diagnosed a total of 345 children from Bolivar and around.

  • Results

    In 2013 we visited 10 cities, over 5,000 children were assessed and diagnosed. 

  • Results

    Between 2012 and 2013, 9268 children were diagnosed, making a significant extent in comparison with previous years. 


Dr Álvaro Arenas
Dr. Ivonne Cardenas
Dr Alberto García
Dr Alberto Guerra
Dr Manuel Huertas
Dr. Martha Reyes
Dr Miguel Ronderos
Dr Nestor Sandoval
Dr. Claudia Stapper
Dr. Gloria Troncoso
Luisa Ribero
Marlene Rodríguez

Dr Álvaro Arenas

Pediatric Electrophysiologist at the Cardioinfantil Foundation
Pediatric Cardiologist at Saludcoop Cundinamarca Corporation and San Rafael Hospital in Facatativa
Active member of the Colombian Association of Neonatology
Active member of the Colombian Society of Cardiology Provisional member of the Colombian Electrophysiology Association

Training:
Medicine: Colombian School of Medicine
Pediatrics major: Del Rosario University
Pediatric Cardiology minor: University of Chile
Clinical Electrophysiology minor: University of Chile

Specialties:
Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Pediatric electrophysiology
Radiofrequency ablation
Neonatal cardiology
Atrial fibrillation
Advanced pediatric resuscitation
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Contact info:
alvarenas@hotmail.com

Dr. Ivonne Cardenas

Pediatric Cardiologist Institute of Cardiology - Cardioinfantil Foundation

Training:
Medicine: Del Rosario University.
Pediatrics: Del Rosario University.
Pediatric Cardiology: Del Rosario University. 

Pediatric Cardiology Scholarship, Carolina/BBVA Foundation La Coruña University Hospital Complex (Spain)

Specialties: 
Clinical cardiology
Heart Failure Clinic 
Thoracic echocardiography

Contact info:
icardenas@cardioinfantil.org

Telephone: 667 2727 ext. 5106

Dr Alberto García

Interventional Catheterization Cardiologist

Training:
Medicine: National University of Colombia
Graduate Studies in Pediatrics: National University of Colombia
Graduate Studies in Pediatrics: Autonomous University of Madrid
Graduate Studies in Pediatric Cardiology: Ramón y Cajal Hospital, Madrid, Spain

Specialties:
Aortic valve stenosis
Congestive heart failure
Pulmonary and hypertension and sildenafil
Interventional pediatric cardiology

Contact info:
albertogartor@hotmail.com

Dr Alberto Guerra

Physician at the Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology

Training:
Medicine and Surgery: Open University, Atlantic Division
Pediatrics: Del Rosario University

Specialties:
Infectology
Clinical immunology
Congenital heart disease

Contact info:
aguerra@cardioinfantil.org

Dr Manuel Huertas

 

Pediatric Cardiologist at the Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology Bogota – Colombia. -Pediatric Intensivist (rotations). Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit The Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology. 
Professor at National University of Colombia.

 

Training:
Medicine: National University of Colombia
Pediatrics major: National University of Colombia
Masters in Pediatric Cardiology: University de Barcelona

Specialties:
Pediatric cardiology
Pediatric intensive care
Cerebral cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Biomedical and epidemiological research
Pediatric cerebral cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Contact info:
manuel_huertas@yahoo.com

Dr. Martha Reyes

Pediatric Intensivist

Training:
Medicine: Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla.
Graduate Studies in Pediatrics: Central Military Hospital, Bogota
Graduate Studies in Pediatric Cardiology: El Bosque University

Specialties:
Perinatology.
Pediatric infectology
Pediatric intensive care

Contact info:
reyes@cardioinfantil.org

Dr Miguel Ronderos

Chief of the Pediatric Cardiology Department at the Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology

Training:
Medicine: Del Rosario University
Graduate Studies in General Pediatrics: Del Rosario University
Graduate Studies in Pediatric Cardiology: Ramón y Cajal Hospital

Specialties:
Congenital heart disease
Pediatric cardiology
Ventricular septal defect

Contact info:
mronderos@cardioinfantil.org

Dr Nestor Sandoval

 

Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology
Professor at Del Rosario University

Training:
Medicine: Javeriana Pontifical University
Graduate Studies in General Surgery: Javeriana Pontifical University
Graduate Studies in Cardiovascular Surgery: Javeriana Pontifical University – A. Shaio Clinic
Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery major: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Member of the Governing Council of the World
Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Specialties:
Pediatric cardiovascular surgery
Congenital heart disease
Liver surgery and transplant.
Congestive heart failure

Contact info:
nsandoval@cardioinfantil.org

Dr. Claudia Stapper

Specialty: Pediatric Cardiology Position: Professor Sabana University, New Granada Military University, Universidad del Rosario, FUCS, Universidad El Bosque. Cardioinfantil Foundation-Institute of Cardiology. 

Training: 

Medicine: Universidad Industrial of Santander 

Pediatric: Universidad Nacional of Colombia 

Pediatric Cardiologist: Universidad del Rosario - University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) 

Children Echocardiography: University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) 

Areas of Interest: 
Clinical Cardiology 
Thoracic echocardiography 
Transesophageal echocardiography 
Fetal Echocardiography

Contact info:
6672767 Ext. 5106
Calle 163 A # 13B 60
cstapper@cardioinfantil.org

Dr. Gloria Troncoso

Head of the Newborn Unit at the Cardioinfantil Foundation Institute of Cardiology Instructor at Del Rosario University

Training:
Medicine: Colombian School of Medicine
Neonatology major: Del Rosario University, Colombia

Specialties:
Advanced pediatric resuscitation
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia in newborns
Neonatal conventional ventilation

Contact info:
gtroncoso@cardioinfantil.org

Luisa Ribero

 

Social Responsibility Coordinator

Profession:

Social Communicator and Journalist


Contact:

lribero@cardioinfantil.org

(+571) 6672727 Ext. 61102

Marlene Rodríguez

 

Pediatric Cardiology Social Counsellor

Profession:

Social Worker


Contact:

tsocial@cardioinfantil.org

(+571) 6672727 Ext. 51218

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