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CHD Facts & Statistics

What is a congenital heart defect?

  • Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth.
  • Common examples include holes in the inside walls of the heart and narrowed or leaky valves. In more severe forms of CHDs, blood vessels or heart chambers may be missing, poorly formed, and/or in the wrong place.
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Jamaica Gleaner Online


Students from Vauxhall High School performing a musical item at the groundbreaking ceremony for the cardiac wing of the Bustamante Hospital for Children yesterday.

Alessandro Boyd • Gleaner Writer

Dr Michelle-Anne Richards-Dawson, senior medical officer at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC), could not contain her joy yesterday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the well-needed cardiac unit on the grounds of the hospital.

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Healing Hearts in Jamaica

Life-changing surgery makes a boy’s wish come true

August 14, 2012

Energetic, charming 11-year-old Raniel had one simple wish: to play with his friends without risking heart failure. Today his lifelong wish has come true. Raniel’s open heart surgery on June 20, 2012 will enable him to enjoy the normal childhood that he missed out on for so long. The Caribbean Heart Menders Association provided his surgery on a medical aid trip to Kingston, Jamaica, stocked with crucial heart medicines and supplies from AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program.

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