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Who are they?

Partout dans le monde des enfants naissent avec des malformations cardiaques mais dans certains pays, il n’y a ni les moyens techniques, ni financiers pour les opérer. C’est pour ces enfants que nous agissons, pour financer leur opération en France ou en Suisse et leur offrir une seconde naissance.

4,500 hearts repairedand a lot of smiles!


Aïda, 2 and a half years old, Guinea


Demba, age 6, Mauritania


Samuel Christian, 20 months, Cameroon


Marie-Aurélie, 2 years old, Benin


Oumou, 12, Guinea

Visit key figures

  • 1 child

    sur 100 naît avec une malformation cardiaque

  • 4 500

    children operated on since 1996

  • 70

    country of origin

What is congenital heart disease?

Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque mainly cares for children with congenital heart disease, i.e. acquired at birth. The surgeries performed are often complex, but involve an extraordinary organ with a simple function: the heart.


Congenital does not mean hereditary. It is not (or very rarely) a transmission, but a "defect" that occurred during pregnancy. Yet it is quite common, accounting for around 0.8% of births. Malformations can be associated with one or more anomalies, and the only solution is to operate on them.

Heart disease explained by Prof. Leca

Take in charge a child with a heart condition

We receive new requests every day, often from foreign doctors who detect heart disease in a patient.


Each medical file is studied by Pr Leca and his staff of doctors, who determine the ideal care for the child. Passport, VISA, plane tickets, operating room... Our team is then busy organizing the child's arrival.


L’enfant voyage avec un convoyeur d’Aviation Sans Frontières, puis il est accueilli par une famille d’accueil qui va prendre soin de lui, de son arrivée à son départ, en passant par son opération et sa convalescence.

Once healthy, the child is ready to make the return journey and be reunited with his or her family. We'll be keeping in touch with him for the rest of his life!

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