Since most children in the U.S. will receive adequate medical care for this disease, Gift of Life, Inc. focuses its efforts around the world, where identified children face certain mortality without surgical intervention. Leading U.S. hospitals have confirmed that if a parent, who has no medical insurance and not the adequate financial resources, was to enter their medical facility with a child in need of life-saving surgery, they would not turn them away. Every attempt would be made to save the child’s life. In most developing countries, this care is not available.
On the average, for an open-heart procedure, $5,000 to $10,000 is needed to save the life of one child.
$2500 for a closed-heart catheterization procedure.
A nominal fee is paid by Gift of Life, Inc. to the hospital where the child receives treatment. This fee covers the cost of medications, disposable equipment/materials, food, etc. that the hospital incurs with each patient. Cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare personnel contribute their time and talents on a pro bono basis.
Monies that are contributed to Gift of Life, Inc. go directly to funding medical missions, screening missions, and direct care for individual children. Additionally, there are very little administrative costs which are necessary in order to maintain the communication and coordination efforts between Gift of Life, Inc. affiliate Hospitals, medical professionals and other GOL programs worldwide. All these efforts lead directly to the saving of children’s lives.
Who pays for the patient’s transportation, lodging, living expenses, surgery, and hospitalization while In The United States?
The sponsoring Rotary Club arranges for a host family (and/or a local organization such as the Ronald McDonald house) to provide shelter, meals and transportation for the child and his/her parent. This care will be maintained for the duration of their stay in the United States.
Gift of Life, Inc. is grateful to accept donations either via the internet through our secure website which will accept Visa, Mastercard, AMEX or by Check or Money Order.
Check and Money Orders should be mailed to:
Gift of Life, Inc. 2164 East 71st Street – Brooklyn, NY 11234
To find out more about Gift of Life, Inc. and our efforts to bring life-saving open heart surgery to children in need, please contact us directly via this website or:
Francesco Di Marco, President
Gift of Life, Inc.
2164 East 71st Street Brooklyn, NY 11234
Phone: 917 940-3335