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How will my gift be used?

Every day, hundreds of San Diego kids are sick or injured. Your gift ensures that every child who comes through our doors receives excellent medical care in our family-centered healing environment.

Your generosity makes it possible for us to reach out to more children in wonderful new ways - from purchasing state-of-the-art equipment to providing non-reimbursed programs and services.

Your gift means that:

  • A child with a life-threatening brain tumor is able to undergo delicate neurosurgery with the most technologically advanced equipment, such as a Zeiss Surgical Microscope that was purchased last year (cost = $142,000).
  • Hospitalized kids can play in one of Rady Children's six playrooms or keep up with their schoolwork with the help of the hospital's fulltime teacher.
  • Premature newborns can be transferred to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in special isolettes that were purchased two years ago (cost = $45,000 each).
  • The more than 50 percent of the children who come to Rady Children's with little or no private medical insurance get quality healthcare.
  • Specially trained Child Life Specialists can help kids prepare for surgery or engage them in therapeutic play during recovery.
  • A patient with a heart condition can have access to a "Heart Card" that tracks the heart's rhythm and variability. The data, when downloaded into a computer, allows the pediatric cardiologist to diagnose problems and monitor changes.
  • The siblings of a child with cancer can be part of a support group.
  • Patients have the benefit of special intravenous (IV) pumps that substantially reduce the risk of medication errors during infusion. Rady Children's purchased 750 of these pumps last year (cost = $67 each).
  • A family whose child is critically ill or injured has the spiritual support of a nondenominational chaplain.

It means all this and much, much more. In short, your gift ensures that every child who needs Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego receives the best possible medical care - no matter what.

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