A Heart to Heart team consisting of 11 specialists has been in the heart of South America for one week, on our first-ever surgical-educational mission in Paraguay. Our focus on this trip is training cardiac specialists to treat adults with valvular heart disease at a national hospital located in Asuncion.
Located in the heart of South America, Paraguay is bordered by Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil. The country of 7 million was liberated from Spanish rule just over 200 years ago, in 1811. With a population of 500,000, the nation’s capital Asuncion serves as the hub of healthcare for the whole country, and is home to the nation’s only medical school. Today Paraguay boasts a 94% literacy rate and a young, promising population.