So You Want To Take On One Of The Leading Causes of Death in Iraq?

A photo of an Iraqi doctor in the echo lab in Najaf, Iraq.

Congenital heart defects are one of the leading causes of deaths for children in Iraq.

So when you confront it head on, you better be ready for what comes next.

When we put the International Children’s Heart Foundation medical team back on the ground, the press releases go out, the radio and T.V. stations announce their arrival, and hundreds of families in the city rush to make sure that their child is at the top of the list.

The first thing we do is screen each child. But then more come. And then more. And then so many people that you can’t even get through the crowd to see the child being screened.

A photo of Iraqi families swarming the echo lab to get their child on the surgery list.

Siblings take turns standing in line. The dads and moms show up before our team has even woken up. Some even bring their own mats so they can sleep in the waiting room.

And so we keep screening. Because each echo means that child is one step closer to receiving the treatment that need.

Thanks for bringing us back to Najaf. There’s still so much more work to do!

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