Chapter: Dallas

Our first patient for 2017, Isaias Ruiz, arrived from Nicaragua on January 7, 2017 along with his mother Lucia. 

When Isaia arrived his oxygen levels were very low and Isaia had a really hard time standing or playing.  After a few weeks of being hospitalized to stabilize his oxygen levels, he had his lifesaving surgery on February 2, 2017.  A huge thank you to the wonderful medical team at Children's Medical Center in Dallas for taking such good care of him.

A big thank you to his host family Elizabeth Iglesias and Jeff Prutz for opening their home and taking such good care of Isaia as he recovered.  Isaia had so much fun going to the zoo and playing with their new puppy. 

Isaia returned home on February 24 and was greeted by his family.  He is  a happy and healthy 2 year old and will live a full and active life.  


Gerlee arrived in Dallas on March 11, 2016.  When she arrived she was very underweight and sick.  She couldn't sit by herself and she continually cried. She was immediately admitted to the hospital because her heart was working so hard she had a hard time breathing.  After a few months of getting her strong enough for surgery, Gerlee had her surgery on May 5, 2016. 

She is back in Mongolia with her mom, dad and 5 yr old sister and she is doing well and growing stronger everyday. With Gerlee now well, her dad is able to go back to work and provide for his family.  Gerlee's mom and dad are very grateful for HeartGift along with our partner, Samaritan's Purse. Gerlee can now play with her sister and enjoy being an active little girl. 



Volunteer Recruitment

Be a part of the lifesaving work that HeartGift is doing.  We are looking for volunteers to assist us in a variety of ways such as being a host family, taking a child on an outing to the zoo or park, joining the welcome committee at the airport for the arrival of a child and their caregiver just to name a few. Volunteers get to experience seeing the life of a child transformed before their very eyes. Few volunteer experiences offer such instant gratification. Commitments can range from a few hours to a few months. For more information about our unique opportunities, please visit http://www.heartgift.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities or contact the Dallas chapter executive director, Kelly McKinnon at 817-372-8408.


Board Recruitment

We are looking for talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our mission of providing lifesaving surgery for children living with congenital heart defects (CHD) around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent. We are looking for individuals with experience in:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare

If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact the Dallas chapter executive Director, Kelly McKinnon. Being part of something truly miraculous doesn't happen every day!

Contact: Kelly McKinnon

Phone: 817-372-8408

Email: kmckinnon@heartgift.org




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