Big Help for Little Hearts
Take action this February during National Heart Health Month! By joining forces with UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Pediatric Cardiology Team, you'll be a big help for little hearts.
For children with heart disease, a “one-stop shop” health system and team of caregivers represents more than a convenience--it can mean the difference between life and death. Newborns requiring invasive neonatal intervention within minutes or hours after delivery receive immediate access to state-of-the-art neonatal cardiac surgery or catheterization allowing the mother to stay close to her baby.
No other program in Los Angeles provides such comprehensive care for unborn children and newborns. As they grow, infants are managed throughout childhood by a sub-specialized pediatric cardiology team. Upon entering adolescence and adulthood, patients undergo smooth transitions into transitional and adult cardiology programs, which provide ongoing care throughout adulthood.
With your help, our Pediatric Cardiology team will continue to make significant advances in research and clinical care.
Your support, whether you can give a little or a lot, will help UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital end children's heart disease and save the lives of our smallest patients, like Vivian. Read her story below.
The chances of winning the Powerball are 1 in 992 Billion. The chances of having a child with a heart defect are 1 in 100. Each year worldwide, 100,000 babies under the age of one, will not live to celebrate their first birthday.
Vivian is 1 in 100. She was diagnosed with a complex case of CHD that required a series of open heart surgeries; the first of which was when she was 10 days old, weighing a mere 4 lbs. While most newborns went home with their parents, Vivian spent the first six months of her life in the NICU, fighting for survival. In a span of five years, Vivian had a total of three open heart surgeries and numerous cardiac interventions.
Now age 6, Vivian's zest for life is unstoppable! She has a purple belt in karate, enjoys singing and dancing to Katy Perry songs, and loves to color! As a way of saying thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, Vivian and her twin sister Victoria organized a toy drive at their preschool in the hope that the children would enjoy them just as much as Vivian enjoyed the toys she received during her stay.
Under the care of Dr. Mark Sklansky and the staff at the UCLA Children's Heart Center, Vivian is now on track to live a happy, healthy and long life full of opportunity and adventure.
Donations will support the greatest needs of pediatric cardiology at UCLA. These needs may include, but are not limited to;
financial support for families with little or no ability to pay
state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology to care for the most complex cardiac cases
increased staffing in the children’s heart center
educational materials for patients and caregivers dealing with congenital heart disease
The Children's Heart Center at UCLA provides world-class medical care in a warm and caring environment for all children with known or suspected heart diseases. We are uniquely positioned to provide a continuum of care; beginning with prenatal care, continuing through infancy, childhood and adolescence, and transitioning into adulthood. Located steps away from the nationally acclaimed UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the center cares for children of all ages with any kind of heart disease, from common and benign heart conditions to the most complex congenital heart defects.
Join the movement to end pediatric heart disease!
Here's how can YOU make a difference during Heart Health Month:
- Wear red on National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2nd to increase awareness of heart disease. Then share a photo of you and your friends in your best red gear on social media with the hashtag #HaveAHeart.
- Donate to our campaign and help small hearts in a big way!
- Like UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
- SHARE the postings and this website with your friends to save a life!