Every Heartbeat Matters Impacts More Than One Million Underserved Patients Ahead of 2020 Goal, including Fatma of Sudan
Now 14, Fatma was nine-years-old when she stopped going to school in West Kordofan, Sudan due to recurring headaches, weight loss and general discomfort. Initially, her mother and father turned to the city hospital for help. They were advised to search for a more accurate diagnosis in the capital city of Khartoum. A series of medical referrals led her to the Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery – the only cardiac surgery hospital in an area inhabited by more than 300 million people. At the center, supported by Every Heartbeat Matters partner Emergency USA, Fatma learned that she needed to have her mitral valve replaced. The Salam Center successfully performed the life-saving surgery and ensured she had proper medication, after which she fully recovered and was able to return to school.
Edwards launched a philanthropic initiative, Every Heartbeat Matters, in 2014. The initiative had a goal that, by 2020, it would impact the global burden of heart valve disease by supporting the education, screening and treatment of one million underserved people. In 2018, the initiative reached that goal. Together with 60 charitable partners in more than 35 countries around the globe, the company is now setting its sights on reaching a total of 1.5 million underserved people globally by 2020.