Chapter: Louisiana


3 yr old Gift from Uganda was diagnosed at an early age with Tetralogy of Fallot and was showing all of the typical signs.  Her coloring was always very "blue" as her heart struggled to supply enough oxygen.  After the physicians at Children's Hospital repaired her defect she is as healthy as any other child.  She is incredibly smart, loves to sing and dance, and is a joy to all around her.  



We received an update from the Samaritan's Purse volunteers who are following up with our friend Albert.  He was here for surgery in 2016.  We are all thrilled Albert is doing so well! 

"Albert's appetite is good; he has grown taller and gained weight.  He is brainy with high concentration in classwork which made him successfully complete the academic year 2017 by taking first position in class.  He is a jolly boy, helpful, very inquisitive and optimistic in character; he is bold in his speech and freely socializes with others.  He does lead in prayers while in Sunday School and family devotions.  He father says his attitude has changed to positive, making him obedient and a good listener.  Albert is a fun-loving cutie who brings joy and gladness to his parents.  His life has normalized, enabling him to do a variety of activities like tethering goats, fetching water, cleaning up dishes, house and compound.  He does enjoy running, walking, praying, dancing, talking and has a passion for games and sports.  He says that he wants to be a mechanic when he grows up.  He desires to make cars and drive them." 


Watching them grow - It is an exciting time to partner with Children's Hospital in New Orleans.  The $300M hospital expansion is well under way, and much to the delight of HeartGift volunteers the new parking garage opened in April 2018. 

Children's also recently announced the most recent addition to their leadership team, preeminent Pediatric Radiologist George Bisset, III MD.  One of the world's leading pediatric radiologists and world-class radiology educators, Dr. Bisset will lead Children's Hospital as the Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Bisset most recently served as the Radiologist-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.  

His work has been appropriately recognized on many fronts. In 2012, Bisset was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Radiological Society of North America, an international society of medical professionals with over 54,000 members.  A sought after speaker, Bisset has been invited as lecturer or commencement speaker to major medical programs worldwide, including to household names like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cleveland Clinic, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Boston Children's Hospital. 

Bisset is triple board-certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, and Radiology, with additional subspecialty certification (CAQ) in Pediatric Radiology.


October 1, 2018

English Turn Golf and Country Club

11:00 Registration

 12:00 Shotgun Start

 Mark your calendars for Monday, October 1st, 2018 for the seventh HeartGift Heroes Golf Tournament.  Our event this year will be held at English Turn Country Club in New Orleans.  We hope you will join us for this 18-hole tournament as we celebrate the 51st life saved through HeartGift in Louisiana.

HeartGift provides a team of highly specialized doctors and an army of volunteers who work together to coordinate care for critically ill children with heart defects whose own countries lack the resources they need.  We are fortunate that our country's children receive this care regardless of income.  However, in most of the world children born with heart defects have no access to care.

The physicians who serve on the HeartGift team donate 100% of their time, and Children's Hospital in New Orleans generously provides services for each child at a small fraction of the true cost of care. The funds raised through the HeartGift Heroes Golf Event will underwrite the necessary medical expenses for these young children from around the world.

Please join us as a sponsor and/or player at this fun-filled event in support of HeartGift. The day begins with registration and lunch. Teams of four will tee off at 12:00 pm in a scramble format. The afternoon will end with a cocktail party for players and their guests. This packet contains the information you need regarding sponsorship levels and registering your team's players.  HeartGift is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

HeartGift is filling a very real concrete and unmet need around the world.  Children from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Kenya, Haiti and so many other underserved countries have the opportunity to receive lifesaving surgery because of your gift.  Please consider joining us on October 1st.  In the event of rain, please consider your sponsorship / registration a donation to HeartGift.  


Larry Palestina

2018 Tournament Chair

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