Morris arrived in San Antonio mid-October to receive his HeartGift. With mother Betty and their translator Ruth by his side, Morris was admitted to University Hospital in San Antonio for open-heart surgery on October 22. A lucky little boy, Dr. Kane and Dr. Husain were not only able to repair the large hole in Morris' heart, they were also able to redirect his pulmonary veins where they are meant to go. Morris arrived at just 12 pounds and a bit lethargic. He is already gaining weight, moving around and wearing out his mommy...just as every 18 month-old child should do.
Morris, Betty and Ruth begin their journey back to Uganda on November 18. Our San Antonio HeartGift family thanks Sandy, Mike, Lisa and Katie Ryan for opening their home and their hearts to this dynamic trio. And ongoing thanks to Children's Heart Project – Samaritan's Purse for being such a wonderful partner.
Stay tuned...Namuunaa arrives on December 1!
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 November 7, more than 100 folks gathered at the San Antonio Gun Club for "A Heart Felt Shot," San Antonio's first clay target shoot. Congratulations to Team Tejas Anesthesia for earning first place in the team competition.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, the event will allow HeartGift to provide life-saving surgery for another patient's surgery in 2015! Such a success that we are making this an annual event. Next year's shoot is scheduled for October 30, 2015.
We could not have done it without the following sponsors:
NortonRoseFulbright and Primera Partners
Aetna – Gallagher Benefit Services – MetLife – Tejas Anesthesia
Clint Baisden, MD – Chicago Title – DOCUmation – International Bank of Commerce – Johnston Industries – Joe Mims, Jr. – George Ricks – Sullivan Commercial Realty – SWBC – Insurance – The Bank of San Antonio – Mark Travis – Urgent Behavioral Healthcare – Wayne Wright Lawyers – Matt Windrow, MD
Food and Beverage Sponsors
Blanco BBQ – Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood – Glazer's Distributors – Silver Eagle Distributors
Folc –Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters – Jon Hart Design – Los Barrios de la Hacienda – MSA Architecture and Interiors
Friends of HeartGift
A&M Machine Shop – Arts Center Enterprises – Bill Miller Bar-B-Q – Lynn Hickey – LeafGuard by Beldon – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre – Paseo del Rio Association – Patron Tequila – Ranger Firearms – Heather and Rollins Rubsamen, Jr. – San Antonio Gun Club – Kimberly and Mark Stewart
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.