Refer a Child

Refer a Child

Refer a Child

How children are chosen for surgeries

In each city, the HeartGift Medical Selection Committee-consisting of pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons and pediatric cardiologists-reviews potential cases. To be accepted into the HeartGift program, a child must:

  • Be under age 14;
  • Not have undergone previous cardiac surgery;
  • Have a biventricular condition that can be repaired in one operation;
  • Not have chromosomal abnormalities;
  • Have an urgent need for surgery;
  • Have a strong chance of survival;

This ensures that HeartGift meets its ethical responsibility to serve children who can go on to lead normal, healthy lives after surgery, given that HeartGift patients return home to little or no access to advanced medical care.

Guidelines for Patient Referral

If you believe you have a candidate that meets the previous criteria, please send the following information along with the five downloadable forms found below.

  • Full legal name of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Home country
  • Echocardiogram
  • Past medical history and vaccinations
  • Photo