Founded in 2010, HeartGift Houston
At HeartGift Houston, our mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world.
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Juan came to Houston from Venezuela at 10 months old. At the time he was very underweight and needed to put on some pounds before having surgery. Today it is hard to imagine this is the same child. Juan has recently turned three years old and his doctor in Venezuela cannot believe he is the same child. Juan has also welcomed a little sister named Maria Alena after Alena Breinholt, his host sister while in Houston.
Sarangoo or Sara for short was referred to HeartGift after passing out on vacation. It was discovered that she had an Atrial Septal Defect that needed to be repaired right away. Her heart was repaired in June 2017. Since she returned to Mongolia we have received the following update via Sara’s sister “She is a happy heathy girl attending a seventh grade. She is taking many English classes to improve her language and wants to travel around the world one day! She hopes to visit her host family and Texas again one day.”
Recently in volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. John Breinholt was able to visit with former patient Mary Ann in Uganda. Mary Ann had her heart repaired in 2015 when she was one year old. She is now four and according to Dr. Breinholt very healthy girl. While she is thriving due to her heart repair we hear she is the same spunky determined girl she was three years ago.
Thirteen month old Siyileni arrived in Houston from Malawi in February of 2017. At the time she was severely mal-nourished primarily due to a large whole in her heart. She cried much of the time and could barely sit up on her own or even play with any toys. Since having her heart repaired on March 1, 2017 Siyileni has continued to thrive. On a recent visit to Malawi, her host Mother Joyce was able to video her walking and dancing.
Thirteen year old Yll from Kosovo discovered he had a congenital heart defect when he passed out playing soccer with school friends. His defect was repaired via the HeartGift program in April of 2017. While in Houston Yll’s dad was hesitant to ever allow his son to play soccer again much to Yll’s sadness. Recently we received the following update from Yll’s host family “Yll is doing amazing. He plays sports regularly and brags about being #1. He runs about two hours every day and is just a beast for sports especially soccer. He does not get tired he says. All thanks to his mended heart. We speak with them almost weekly and all of us cannot wait until we see each other again.”
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