Heart Mission April 2011. Gift of Life Amman (GOLA) In Partnership With Riley Children’s Hospital.
Gift of Life Amman (GOLA), in partnership with Riley Children’s Hospital, conducted Heart Mission VII, April 14th – 21st 2011, at Al-Khalidi Medical Center in Amman, Jordan. This mission provided 14 children from Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan with life-saving cardiac surgeries to correct congenital defects.
The Five TDF Iraqi Children from the mission:
16 year old Zeynab is a quiet child from a large family in Basra. Her father died during the Iraq war. Her aunt said the major problem in Iraq was they have some doctors but no specialty clinics or equipment. When Zeynab was almost 3 years old, a doctor diagnosed her with a VSD (hole in the heart). Several years later, the hole was enlarging. By 2010, Zeynab was getting very sick and tired. The family waited 8 years until she was finally able to receive corrective surgery.
11 month old Matti from Mosul comes from an extremely poor family. Matti was diagnosed with a heart defect upon birth. The family did not own anything to sell to raise money. Friends of Um Matti’s husband searched on the Internet for charities and came across the Assyrian Medical Society (AMS). AMS took up the case and brought Matti to Jordan for the medical mission. Um Matti was grateful to be home in time for celebrating Easter with family.
9 year old Maryam is a quiet, polite child from Mosul who loves dolls and purses. Maryam was diagnosed with a heart defect (VSD) after birth, and her mother already knew about the Assyrian Medical Society located in their area. She was on a waiting list to receive heart surgery outside of Iraq. Maryam’s heart surgery was successful, and she quickly recovered in the ICU. Um Maryam requested a new dress for Easter, which was provided by a GOLA volunteer. They were excited to be back in Iraq a day before Easter to celebrate with family.
4 year old Murtadha is an energetic child from Basra who loves to make people laugh, and he did many times! He was identified with a heart defect at an early age. His father is good friends with a Christian community in Basra that immediately referred Murtadha’s case to Dr. Samir Johna from the Assyrian Medical Society. He especially loves trains. A GOLA volunteer brought him a train set, which brought him sheer joy!
3 year old Mohammad was the only child who was not shy with “strangers” (doctors and volunteers). When first meeting people, he immediately began conversations with a smile. Unfortunately, Mohammad didn’t make it through. May he rest in peace.
After the surgeries: