JOSE GABRIEL ARRIVES IN SAN ANTONIO TO RECEIVE HIS HEARTGIFT
This week we welcomed Jose Gabriel and his mother Rosa to San Antonio. Gabriel is a 4-year old boy from Honduras who was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect including a hole in his heart and narrowing of his aorta. On July 30, surgeons will work to repair this defect so that Jose can return to his family and live a long and healthy life.
Thanks to our friends at Univision in San Antonio, Texas, Gabriel is becoming an international star! A crew was able to visit Gabriel and his family at their home in Honduras prior to their departure for Texas. And they are generously following his HeartGift journey over the next 4-5 weeks to share the gift that HeartGift provides to families around the world. The following links (in Spanish) are of Gabriel's home in Honduras (http://bit.ly/1ld50cI), as well as his arrival at the San Antonio International Airport on the evening of July 22 (http://bit.ly/1A8aL5s). Updates on Gabriel's journey can be found on the Facebook page of the San Antonio chapter of HeartGift at https://www.facebook.com/HeartGiftSA?ref_type=bookmark or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HeartGiftSA.
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 May 22, 52 golfers took to the course to mend little hearts. With DOCUmation as the Title Sponsor, golfers played a match play tournament at the Dominion Country Club. Team Gift and Team Heart, led by celebrity Captains RC Slocum, former head football Coach, Texas A&M University, and Larry Coker, head football Coach, University of Texas San Antonio, respectively, played for the title of HeartGift Angel.
"DOCUmation is honored to be the title sponsor of the HeartGift Heroes golf event," said Scott Woolfolk, president, DOCUmation San Antonio. "San Antonio is blessed to have the most generous companies with great leaders who care about our community. It is our goal to open a door and provide much needed exposure for others to join the effort and mend the hearts of children around the world."
Coach Coker and Team Heart took the title of HeartGift Heroes for the second year in a row. The trophy will be housed at University Hospital in honor of the winning pair.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Jose, a toddler from Honduras schedule to have surgical heart repair on July 29 at University Hospital. Additional patients benefiting from the tournament are will arrive later in 2014.
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.