We mend hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality

Mission Statement

We are an Israeli-based international humanitarian organization with a mission to provide life-saving cardiac care to children of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality or financial status.

Our Logo

A patient’s drawing became the inspiration behind the Save a Child’s Heart logo.

Shortly after Save a Child’s Heart began, a four-year old girl named Katya arrived from Moldova with very serious heart defects. She was near death and her body was deep blue due to the lack of oxygen. Some five months and four highly complicated surgeries later, Katya was ready to go home. Before she left, she drew a picture of a hand holding a little girl with a heart. When asked to explain, she told her doctor:

“I had a dream, there were many colors over my bed, then a very big hand came in the middle of the night. We flew to a far-off country and they gave me a new heart, and I could run and dance.” – Katya

Dr. Ami Cohen

Save a Child's Heart exists today because of the vision, passion, and boundless energy of the late Dr. Amram "Ami" Cohen.

Ami immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1992. He joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center and served as the Deputy Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Head of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, under the direction and mentorship of Prof. Arieh Schachner, the then head of the cardiothoracic department.

Save a Child’s Heart came into being in 1995 when an Ethiopian doctor contacted Dr. Cohen after being referred to him by a mutual friend at the University of Massachusetts. He asked for Dr. Cohen’s help with two children in desperate need of heart surgery and Dr. Cohen received the approval and support of Prof. Schachner to commence with this project.

Ami died in a tragic accident while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August of 2001. The values that he lived for are being carried on by the organization he so successfully created. This is a most fitting memorial to this visionary.

“I am convinced that for the vast majority of people who chose cardio- thoracic surgery as a profession, idealism was initially a strong factor. For those of you who are reading this and just starting out, hold fast to your ‘day after-vision’ because, if it fades, despite all the skills acquired, there will be something missing. For those who are searching, join us and together let us make the network to help children with heart disease globally big enough to be equal to the task. There is work for everybody. There are no dollars and cents in it, but it is worth a fortune.” Dr. Amram Cohen

1995: Save a Child's Heart founded
SACH exists today because of Dr. Amram "Ami" Cohen. Read more
2001: Dr Ami Cohen passed away
Dr. Ami Cohen died in a tragic accident while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but his legacy lives on. Read more
August 2008: the 1000th Palestinian child
Gaida Nofel was the 1000th Palestinian child helped by Save a Child's Heart Read more
October 2009: Cornerstone ceremony for the new children’s home
The cornerstone ceremony for the new Children’s Home of Save a Child’s Heart took place today. Read more
June 2010: saving the lives of children from 40 countries!
Save a Child’s Heart has brought a child from El Salvador, making El Salvador the 40th country the project has brought children from. Read more
July 2016: Save a Child’s Heart Saves 4000th Child!
December 2016: Prime Minister of Swaziland Visited
The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Mr. Barnabas Sibusiso, visited Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) today at the Wolfson Medical Center and the children’s home in Holon. Read more
January 2017: Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu Visits the Children's Home
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a surprise visit to Save a Child’s Heart this week, during a filming session with an international television network. Read more

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