Heart Mission 2008
Heart Missions, like many of the efforts that TDF joins, is a collaboration of many individuals, charities, and various medical groups. These annual missions are a coalition of CINI, Gift of Life Amman, Veterans Rebuilding Iraq, and Riley Children’s Hospital just to name a few. For Heart Mission 2008 Children in Need International brought 7 Iraqi Children to Jordan with a variety of congenital heart diseases.
Here are a few of the cases that were brought on the mission:
Fatima is a 5 year old female that has an undiagnosed syndrome. She is unable to walk and talk. Her heart condition is known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). This is a defect that has four major abnormalities: The right ventricle is overdeveloped, there is a hole between the ventricles (VSD), a narrowing of the pulmonary artery, and the aorta is malpositioned. This abnormality is common, but the doctors were concerned with how she would do since she is a syndromic child. Her surgery was a success and she recovered well.
Sajad is a 6 year old boy that had a very large Ventricular Septum Deviation (VSD). The doctors were able to patch the hole and Sajad was up and around 3 days after surgery. We’ve told his mom that she is going to have a very energetic boy now.
Juliana is a 19 month old female that has a very complicated case. The doctors determined that her diagnosis was an Interrupted Aortic Arch along with a Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). With this condition the Aorta and Pulmonary Artery are reversed where oxygen poor blood is pumped back to the body and the oxygen rich blood is being pumped to her lungs. She also has a VSD and an ASD which is how she is able to survive. During the mission the doctors took her left carotid artery and connected her arch, but she will need 3 more surgeries to repair the TGA.
Zeina is a 4 and a half year old female that was is diagnosed with a Pulmonary Atresia. She was able to return for her second of three surgeries this year after much attentiveness to her whereabouts in Iraq between Missions and a mother who trusted the doctors and brought her child back. Last year she was too weak for the doctors to make the complete repair. This year she still has a blue color but had grown a great deal. Her surgery was a success with the doctors connecting her Inferior Vena Cava to her Pulmonary Artery giving her more of a pink color.
After several weeks of medical checkups and surgeries the children are all recovering very well and will be returning to Iraq soon. We would like say a big thanks to the Indy Team and the Jordanian Doctors for all their hard work and dedication to helping these children. We are looking forward to another great Mission next year.