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 Italy of New York, 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.