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Nov 10, 2017

The Beat Goes On

Patients on Ward
Patients on Ward

The hearts of many sick patients resounded to a normal rhythmic beat after intervention, follow-up reviews, medicine, and support, from Take Heart Association Project (THAP) staff, and personnel. This quarter, eleven (11) patients Weni, Wani, Rimu, Mue, Isha, Mary, Dan, Jil, Ruth, Wambi, and Munto, received post-surgery evaluations at Tenwek Hopsital in Bomet Kenya from July to September 2017 under the care of Tenwek’s Pediatric Cardiology team.

 

Follow-up reviews, and knowledge of appropriate care for post-operative patients with congenital heart disease are essential for recovery progression; and continued advances in survival and quality of life. While the Pediatric Cardiologist focuses on the patients overall heart health including pain control and wound concerns; the home caregiver must learn how to take care of the child needs which may include: taking care of the wound, managing physical activities, managing child's pain and observing changes in behavior, child’s return to school, and routine health care. Seventeen (17) patients were assisted with medicine, and eight (8) patients and twelve (12) family members were accommodated at the THAP Family Support Center. One patient travelled to Germany for an apparatus removal surgery. All patients are doing well and on their way to full recovery.

 

Children & Charity International (CAC) supports Take Heart Association Project (THAP) in its quest to to fulfill the mission of facilitating and coordinating medical support programs for marginalized children affected by heart disease, so as to restore health, hope and happiness. THAP has helped many children and families in Kenya enjoy a better life by partnering with hospitals, cardiac surgeons, donors, volunteers, and supporters. Thank you for your collaboration which means we could maintain this important work. THAP plans to continue its vital Education and Home Visit Program that checks on the well-being of patients and families post-surgery, and provide literature on follow-up healthcare, and nutrition needs.

Grandma, Patient, and Dr. Liske
Grandma, Patient, and Dr. Liske
Bless
Bless
Lea
Lea
Ikoki
Ikoki
Weni
Weni
Aug 14, 2017

A Stitch In Time

Wairi (white headband) stands next to Prof. Yacoub
Wairi (white headband) stands next to Prof. Yacoub

In keeping with the sentiments of a proverbial expression, nine children were fortunate to receive a stitch in time this quarter. Five of them Ugo, Jo, Flo, Epi, and Kimo received much needed surgical intervention to correct regurgitation, stenosis, and atresia of the Valves, and repair of other congenital heart anomalies. A further three patients, Mac, Vick, and Oya, received critical evaluation that resulted in corrective procedures. These vital surgeries and procedures were conducted at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya on May 30, 2017 by a team of cardiologists, and surgeons from the United States and Kenya. The ninth surgery on Wairi was done at Aswan Medical Center in Egypt, under the direction of Prof. Magdi Yacoub, Founder. Without surgery these patients faced sudden cardiac arrest with little chance for survival. They are now recuperating and making great progress to a brighter future.

 

Twenty-nine other children and families got much needed help during this quarter in the form of: Echograms –2, Medicine – 15, Review – 4, Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center – 8.

 

Children & Charity International (CAC) and Take Heart Association Project (THAP) continue to forge ahead with services for children and families in Kenya. We provide much needed ongoing education and home visits. We check on families and patients well-being post-surgery, and provide literature on follow-up healthcare, and diet. We are currently prepping one patient to travel to Germany for an apparatus removal surgery in September 2017. We thank all supporters for continued interest and for your donations to this cause which impacts the lives of deserving children and families. Partnerships and support from benefactors are pertinent to growth in our organizations so we endeavor to promote these bonds.

Epi After Surgery
Epi After Surgery
Flo After Surgery
Flo After Surgery
Oya After surgery
Oya After surgery
May 16, 2017

The Beat Goes On

Michael Rothwell and Irene Mukuria
Michael Rothwell and Irene Mukuria

This was a very productive period for Take Heart Association Project (THAP) Inc. The quarter began with in-the-field traveler, Michael Rothwell, from the Global Giving Foundation being hosted by United States representatives, Marilyn James and Barbara Ciconte followed by a site visit to the THAP Family Support Center in Nairobi Kenya in March. These activities were in response to a request from Children & Charity International for support after the death of THAP founder, Peter Kamau in Kenya.  Michael was welcomed at THAP Family Support Center by Coordinator Irene Mukuria where he saw some of THAP patients, met with office staff, and hosted several informative seminars.  He provided valuable information, and insights on how THAP could continue its much needed services for families, and communities.  At the end of his visit Michael reported:

“Children and Charity International and Take Heart Association Project Kenya are doing extraordinary work in giving access to some of Kenya's most disadvantaged to medical treatment that they otherwise wouldn't have access to. It was a pleasure to learn more about their fantastic work and I wish them the best of luck in the future!”

THAP continued support of children and families by sending twelve children for evaluation from visiting Cardiologists from the United States at Tenwek Hospital, in Bomet Kenya during the months of March and April. One child has already received follow-up corrective surgery and another has travelled to Aswan Medical Center in Egypt for valve replacement. To date, we have helped 192 children with treatment and corrective heart surgeries. THAP Family Support Center accommodated 70 children and families this quarter including little Tami, who has resided at the Center for the past year in order to receive weekly, life-saving treatments, at Mater Hospital.

Your support has made all these positive outcomes possible. Thank you for your continued donations and in-kind support that allow us to help many children and families get needed evaluations, echograms, medicine, surgeries, and post-op care. We look forward to continuing this much needed work.

Tami at THAP Center
Tami at THAP Center
 
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