Mar 14, 2012

Delightful Hearts

At the time of writing this report, Children & Charity International (CAC) is happy to say that Mr. Peter Mbogo Kamau, Executive Director of Take Heart Association Project (THAP) is in India.  He is accompanied by a group of six - three patients and three parents.  One of these patients, Felista Wangari was on the 2011 Waitlist.  Thanks to your generosity, Felista will have her much needed life-saving surgery soon.   Two patients will receive pre-operative care, surgery, and post-operative care at New Hope Medical Center in Chennai and one will be at Fortis Malar Hospital in Bangalore, India.  The group will return to Kenya in April. 

CAC is also pleased to report that the past 3 months have been fulfilling for many Kenyan parents.  They have been excited to see their children receive medical treatment and services for various heart ailments. We were able to assist these children in the following ways:

Two successful surgeries:
(a) Yvonne Mwikali Waluma  was operated  at Fortis Malar Hospital in
Chennai - India in February 2012.
(b) Master Samuel Njenga was operated at The Mater Hospital in early February 2012.

Other services received by children included:                                                                                        Echograms – 4, Evaluation – 3, Lab test – 1, Medicine – 9                                                                          Review – 8, Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center – 11

The next scheduled surgeries are planned for April and June 2012 by two visiting medical mission teams from Europe.  THAP hopes at least four children from the waitlist will have surgeries.  THAP will continue to monitor all patients’ progress by providing necessary medication and ensuring that families return for their check-ups with cardiologists at Mater Hospital in Nairobi.

With spring just around the corner, may the anticipation of those spring blossoms also bring great thoughts to you, our donors, about this much needed work to save the lives of children suffering from heart ailments. As you  continue to support this worthy cause by your continued contributions, the children and parents say ‘thank you’ with delightful hearts.

Dec 28, 2011

Happy Holidays for A Child Who Had Heart Surgery

Trevis Mburu
Trevis Mburu

Children and Charity is pleased to report that Trevis Mburu continues to do well after his surgery at The Mater Hospital in November. Trevis was able to receive his life-saving surgery thanks to a visiting medical mission team from the Netherlands. Take Heart Association Project (THAP) will continue to monitor his progress by providing him with the necessary medication and checking to see that he and his family will return to Nairobi for his check-up with the cardiologist at The Mater Hospital in early 2012.

THAP is now seeking financial support for another of the children on our waiting list – Felista Wangari.  The surgery she needs is more complicated so she and a member of her family will need to travel to India.  Your support now will help us get Felista to India soon.

During this festive time in Kenya, THAP’s Family Support Center is open and providing accommodations for children and their families. Our Executive Director, Peter Mbogo Kamau, celebrated Christmas with one family who was staying at the Center by giving the child a small gift and buying goat meat, a Kenyan tradition at Christmas, to cook with the family. The family was able to enjoy the holidays.

In this time of giving and sharing, we are most grateful to our donors for your continued support. Please know that your support is helping these children develop into healthy and happy children, able to attend school and do things that all children love to do.


Sep 30, 2011

Successful Surgeries Take Place in US and Kenya

Luke taking his first steps in the hospital
Luke taking his first steps in the hospital

Children and Charity is pleased to report on recent successful surgeries performed in the U.S. and Kenya for Take Heart Association Project (THAP)'s Help Mend A Broken Heart in Kenya program.

In late July, one of THAP's patients, Luke, age 2, traveled to the U.S. to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida with his father, thanks in part to Rotary International's Gift of Life program. Luke's surgery was a success and he returned to Nairobi in early September a healthier and happier toddler who took his first steps while at the hospital. See photo.

In late August, a medical mission team led by Dr. Karimi, Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Hospital, to The Mater Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, helped a great number of children with heart problems get the medical care they needed. During their stay from August 27 - September 3, the team evaluated 41 children for possible surgeries and 35 children for catheterizations, resulting in 8 open heart surgeries and 11 catheterizations. The children ranged in age from 4 months to 17 years old. In addition, Dr. Karimi and his team spent time training Kenyan doctors, nurses, and medical staff on the latest medical procedures to assist children with heart problems.

Families of the patients treated stayed at THAP's Family Support Center and were transported to and from Mater Hospital in THAP's "Hearts for Kids" van.

While we are making progress in helping children with heart problems get the medical treatment they need, our waiting list continues to grow as more familes are referred to THAP's program. The need for increased funds continues so that more children can get the life-saving heart surgery they need.

Thank you for your continued support which is helping these children develop into healthy and happy children, able to attend school and do things that all children love to do.


Dr. Karimi training Mater Hospital medical staff
Dr. Karimi training Mater Hospital medical staff
Peter Kamau at THAP's Family Support Center
Peter Kamau at THAP's Family Support Center
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