Life & Health

Telethon Will Give Hope to Guanacaste Children

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The Telethon this year will be broadcasted nationally on December 6 and 7 and will have a goal of 700 million colones ($1.4 million). This time the main beneficiaries will be the children of Guanacaste, as the money will buy medical equipment for the hospitals of Nicoya and Liberia, as well as the canton of Upala in Alajuela.

“This year we turn our eyes to the Guanacaste area, specifically Enrique Baltodano Hospital in Liberia and La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya, where we will donate medical equipment to the neonatal areas. Upala doesn’t belong to Guanacaste politically, but hospital transfers are made to Liberia and that is why we decided to include it a few days ago,” explained Marco Brenes, spokesman for Club Activo 20-30 Internacional of San Jose.

Brenes specified that the Club Activo 20-30’s work has been possible thanks to the generosity of the people of Costa Rica, foreign residents and businesses in the country. The telethon’s spokesman stressed that the amounts and medical equipment to be given to each medical center will not be defined until December, after the needs analysis is presented by the medical directors in late November.

“This plan will greatly benefit the National Children’s Hospital (HNN), [since] minor cases will be attended in the regional and peripheral hospitals, and as a last resort the minor will be transferred to San Jose if it is an emergency, or for a specialized consultation or treatment,” explained Dr. Orlando Urroz, medical director of HNN. Urroz mentioned that the equipment most needed include monitoring centers, open and closed incubators, specialized inpatient beds, pulmonary ventilators, vital signs monitors, electric cradles and bassinets, beds and pediatric cradles.

Finally, HNN also will benefit from the purchase of a neuronavigator for the neurosurgery specialty, a pointed devoice to perform operations that will place Costa Rica at the top of Latin American medicine. “It will be possible to remove brain tumors in a more precise way,” concluded Urroz.

Last year the goal was ¢630 million ($1,260,000), but at the end it was surpassed at ¢825 million ($1,650,000), ¢125 million ($250,000) more than what they hope to raise this year, although the organization is confident that the they will again surpass it with their motto, “Together everything is possible.”