Peter, a four year old boy from Uganda, traveled with his aunt and a translator to San Antonio for his life saving heart surgery. He received his "heartgift" in January 2017 and quickly recovered. Host family Holly & Steve Morgan provided invaluable support and care to this group during a scary time and formed a close bond with them. It was wonderful to see the almost immediate change in his energy levels and appetite. Before returning home in February he enjoyed a special behind the scenes tour of Seaworld San Antonio. He was a natural with the dolphins and wasn't afraid to interact with and touch all of the animals, even sting rays! Peter is back home now with his parents and younger brother. He is much more active now and able to play more with his younger brother. We continue to receive photos and stories highlighting how well he is doing.
Hamza Mohamud received surgery to mend the hole in his heart in October 2016. He was 4 years old at the time and celebrated his 5th birthday while recovering from surgery. He experienced his first birthday party and his first Halloween while in San Antonio. He loved dressing up as Spiderman to go trick of treating with his host family sibings. The Brierty family opened their home and their hearts and provided Yeshua and his father Bashir with care, love and support during a frightening time. They remain in touch today and share photos and family updates. After he returned home to Kenya we are happy to see how well he is doing. Hamza now has the energy to keep up with his siblings and excel in his classes at school.
HeartGift San Antonio's mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.