A huge thank you to pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Husain, cardiologist Dr. Maldonado, and the amazing team of physicians and medical professionals at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. This afternoon they successfully repaired the hole Mimi's heart.
During surgery Yehenew (Mimi's Uncle) and our HeartGift team were joined by host dad Zetseat Bekele and members of the local Ethiopian community. We also had the pleasure of being joined by Amanda Slagle, director of outreach and patient services, HeartGift Foundation.
Thank you to our friends at Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood and those associated with Houston Street Charities. Mimi's surgery would not have been possible without the contributions from the 2013 San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC). Mimi is the second child this year to benefit from the SACC.
We will continue to post updates on HeartGift San Antonio's Facebook page in the days ahead. Also, we are on Twitter (HeartGiftSA)!
Thank you from Mimi's heart (and ours) to yours!
Almost one year after receiving his HeartGift, Samuel is doing great! He has a recent bout of malaria, but is almost recovered and has started eating again. Samuel loves keeping up with his big brother Noel and shows no signs of slowing down now that he feels better. As you can see he has grown a bit since he was in San Antonio, but still has those delicious cheeks.
Liana and her family have had a bit of a scary few weeks. They live in Cebu, which was just hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Thankfully Liana and her family are one of the lucky ones in the Philippine Islands. Liana loves being back at school and her father tells me she feels terrific!
It is always a joy when we receive wonderful updates on our patients. The news puts a smile on our faces and warms our hearts...as I'm sure it does to you as well. We cannot wait to share the faces of these children yet to leave footprints on our hearts.
On Saturday, September 7, HeartGift San Antonio was the focus of a special presentation during the UTSA/Oklahoma State football game. DOCUmation, the title sponsor of HeartGift's HeartGift Heroes golf tournament, presented the San Antonio chapter with a check for $25,000. The funds donated covered the surgery of Nestor, a little boy from Honduras served by HeartGift in June 2013.
HeartGift San Antonio's mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children from developing countries where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.