Congenital heart disease (CHD), also known as congenital heart
defects, are conditions that we, as a society, hardly know about. Despite this,
the fact is that 1% of the world's population is born with a heart condition - which makes it the most common birth defect. Most congenital heart defects can
be repaired with a single surgery, others may require two or more interventions.
In some developed countries, there are
hundreds of medical centers with trained personnel in the pediatric
cardiovascular field to attend congenital heart defects. In third-world
countries, particularly in Honduras,
this type of medical care is not available for children suffering from heart
Helping Hands for Honduras, Inc. was
established in the year 2000, a time when Honduras had no pediatric
cardiovascular surgeons who could perform open-heart surgeries and lacked
adequate facilities to operate. Thus, Helping Hands for Honduras sent Honduran children to the United States
for corrective heart surgery.
The Helping Hands for Honduras mission has
evolved to not only sending children to the United States but to bringing
surgery teams to Honduras to treat patients and train Honduran medical
professionals to care for these children.