It has taken many long weeks and months to get to this point, but we are thrilled to announce the beginning of our Remedy Mission to perform (hopefully) 20-30 heart surgeries for children across Iraq this week and to train local surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for the future.
We could not have done this without the help of many partners, chief among which is the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF). ICHF has been in the heart business for over 16 years and has provided more than 4,400 surgeries to children in developing countries. It is our hope that our partnership with ICHF will help us realize our vision to eradicate the backlog of children in Iraq waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery. In fact, with ICHF on board, this is the first time in our three years of existence that a dream as big as that actually seems like a possibility.