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The support of the community is helping UC Davis Children's Hospital save infants with severe heart and lung problems.

Community donations made through the Children's Miracle Network allowed the hospital to establish the Extra-Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) program to increase the chances of survival for young patients suffering from trauma or illness. The program features eight ECLS machines made up of tubes, pumps and wires that can take over for a patient's vital organs.

The machines acts like a patient's heart or lungs. Blood low in oxygen is pumped put of the body and through an oxygenator that exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen. The oxygen-rich blood is then pumped then back into a patient's body and delivered to the organs.

The ECLS machines - which each cost $25,000 - are in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the program is run by a team of nurses and doctors that care for the patients and help parents understand the ECLS process. The staff in the PICU applied for a grant from the Children's Miracle Network fund to help establish the ECLS program.

Now, you can help keep the program running and help save lives.

News10 and the Children's Miracle Network is teaming up to host the 20-hour Give for Kids Telethon (#Give4Kids) on Friday to help raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital.

From 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. you can call 1-877-719-KIDS (5437) to donate using all forms of payment, including cash through a pledge.

Or go to https://giveamiracle.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org to donate online.

When you make your donation, you can designate that it goes to the ECLS program or you can keep it unrestricted. Whether or not you say how you want your donation to be used, it will be used on patient care at the Children's Hospital. It's the cornerstone of the Children's Miracle Network -- money given by our community stays in our community.

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