Project Description

Torreon, Mexico Surgical-Educational Mission

March 20, 2019 | Photo Galleries, Torreon

In December 2018, Heart to Heart volunteers and staff traveled to conduct our first surgical-educational training mission to Torreon, Mexico. The Heart to Heart-Torreon team examined 20 children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and performed surgery on five. The trip highlight was performing the hospital’s first ever open heart surgery on a child.


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Timely diagnosis of a heart defect can mean the difference between life and death for a child. An echocardiography machine (shown here) provides ultrasound images of the heart while it is beating (an echocardiogram). The moving images enable clinicians to gain detailed information regarding the size and function of heart chambers, valves, and major blood vessels attached to the heart. Echo machines are the most commonly used equipment for diagnosing heart problems.