Zi Xuan Su - a one year old baby boy from China received his corrective heart surgery on July 17th to repair two holes in his heart. He was discharged three days later and has recovered quickly, thanks to the care and support provided by the San Antonio Chinese Church. Funds raised at this year's HeartGift Heroes golf event sponsored his surgery.
Josue Santiago was the San Antonio chapter's 50th patient to receive a mended heart! He and mom Merly are now back home in Honduras following his June surgery. Santiago was visibly blue in his feet, lips and tips of his ears prior to surgery and the rosy pink skin he had immediately following was a wonderful sight to see. Now that he has more energy and is able to play with other kids his parents are hopeful he'll be able to have many more experiences. Photographer David Runion took photos of him while he was here and board member Ethel Runion was a gracious host. Merly and Santiago explored many sites in San Antonio with Ethel during their stay in the Alamo City.
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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.