Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common types of birth defects in children worldwide. 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD and it is the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths around the world. Philippine facts in numbers*:
- Congenital malformation of the heart is the 5th leading cause of death in infants for decades according to the Department of Health (DOH).
- 20,000 children will be born every year with a congenital heart defect. This is equivalent to 1,600 children every month or 55 children every day
- 2 out of 8 children with CHD will be born with a critical heart disease that will need surgery or a catheter-based intervention during their first year of life
- Approximately 5,000 new patients have to undergo heart surgery nationwide every year. Compare this against the capacity of hospitals to undertake charitable heart surgeries each year:
Philippine General Hospital 150
Philippine Heart Center 150
St. Luke’s Medical Center 15
Asian Hospital Medical Center 6
The Medical City 6
- Of the 5,000 charity cases requiring surgery, only 500 can be operated due to funding limitations. This means at least 4,500 cases are untreated
- Some CHDs may not require treatment, other than periodic visits to a Pediatric Cardiologist. Others can be treated with medications or repaired with surgery and/or procedures.
- More complex defects may require several surgeries
- In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD
Typical cost to operate on CHD patients ranges from 350k to 900k**
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