The Pediatric Surgeon Who Performs Heart Surgery in War Zones

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Playing One Surgeon’s Mission to Save as Many Kids as Possible

The Doctors welcome pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. William Novick, who is helping some of the 300,000 babies who die each year from congenital heart disease because they lack access to the treatment and care. 

"When you fix a child's heart in a country where that could not happen, there's nothing that will replace the look in a parent's eyes when you come out and talk to them and tell them, 'Your child survived.'... that look is the look that keeps driving me back," he explains.

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Dr. Novick founded the Novick Cardiac Alliance and has operated on over 10,000 children and he and his team have helped patients in 32 different counties, including war-torn and dangerous locations. "All of these children deserve an opportunity for life-saving cardiac surgery," he says. He and his team also help to teach doctors in these countries how to perform these vital operations on their own patients.

The pediatric cardiac surgeon is happy to share that no one from his team has ever been injured, harmed or kidnapped, but there have been some close calls. He explains there is always a plan in place on how to leave a country quickly if it becomes dangerous. He notes keeping up with the news of the country is important, in order to properly assess their safety while visiting.

Watch: Baby’s Incredible In-Utero Heart Surgery

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor is giving Dr. Novick’s foundation $10,000 dollars and a friend of Dr. Novick's, Sara -- who was born with a congenital heart defect -- announces that she and her husband will match the first $100,000 dollars that are raised from Doctors' viewers.

Learn how you can donate to the Novick Cardiac Alliance. Also, Text HAPPYHEART to 44-321 to help the Novick Cardiac Alliance save the lives of children.

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