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Feb 15, 2017

Remembering and Serving with Love

Steve after successful surgery
Steve after successful surgery

This quarter was particularly difficult for Take Heart Association Project (THAP) staff, administration, volunteers, and patients due to the untimely death of its Kenyan founder, Peter Mbogo Kamau.  Peter succumbed to complications from malaria in December, the very same illness that many of THAP patients deal with daily and for which treatment is sought.  THAP’s focus on heart disease correlates to malaria because heart disease is elevated by the effects of malaria. After a touching send-off for Peter by family, staff, friends, and community residents, many persons expressed their love and sympathies on the enclosed card. 

 

Amidst the solemn occasion, and by the sufficiency of God’s grace, THAP continued to reach out to many sick children who needed care and support.  Several patients had evaluations, and cardiac reviews by Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Simon of New Hope Hospital, and on January 23, 2017, Steve underwent successful heart surgery at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi Kenya.  Seven other patients are scheduled for evaluation and heart surgeries by a medical team from the organization, Hearts of East Africa in the United States, when they travel to Tenwek Cardiac Clinic in Bomet Kenya to perform these services February 2 to 14, 2017.   Twenty-eight (28) other children and families received support services, home visits, and educational literature to improve health and diet that included medicine for 14 patients, and accommodation at THAP Family Support Center for 14 families.

 

THAP administrators and Children & Charity International offer sincere thanks to donors, partners, and supporters as we strive to continue the legacy of our beloved founder to facilitate and coordinate medical support programs for marginalized children affected by heart disease. We look forward to continued collaboration with Chain of Hope to provide accommodation for in-transit patients at the Family Support Center, and the many hospitals and establishments with whom we work to ensure that needy Kenyan children receive much needed intervention, surgery, and care to restore health, hope, and happiness.

Card from Supporters
Card from Supporters
Notes from Supporters
Notes from Supporters
Nov 22, 2016

Milestone Met

Little Jolie held by visiting team member
Little Jolie held by visiting team member

During this quarter, Take Heart Association Project (THAP) reached an important milestone by exceeding the projected 7 surgeries targeted for 2016. In the month of October THAP executed its 8th successful corrective heart surgery when Little Jolie was operated on at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. Comforted in the arms of both mom and dad, Little Jolie was taken home safely and is making a remarkable recovery. Her mom wrote:

 

     “Take Heart is the best.  Mr. Kamau goes beyond the call of duty to help our children. May God bless him and his Staff.”

 

Over the past three months, 11patients 5-18 years old, with various stages of congenital heart diseases, underwent evaluation, and cardiac reviews. Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Simon of New Hope Hospital screened the patients in September in preparation for surgery in January 2017. Thirty-two (32) other children and families received support services, home visits, and educational literature to improve health and diet that included: Medicine 16; and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 16.

THAP continues collaboration with Chain of Hope to provide accommodation for in-transit patients at the Family Center. Gift of Life International (GOLI) and THAP is currently discussing and evaluating the need to build a dedicated cardiac unit at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya that would benefit THAP patients and other community residents.

Our sincere thanks to donors, partners, and supporters, of THAP and CAC that make it possible for us to care for children that desperately need intervention and corrective heart surgeries. Your continued support make our efforts worthwhile.

Aug 19, 2016

Staying Busy

Richard and his Mom's Testimonial
Richard and his Mom's Testimonial

This summer has been bustling with activities for everyone at Take Heart Association Project (THAP) in Kenya which has resulted in 52 patients, families, and visitors, positively impacted, and new partnerships formed.

In early June, seven patients 5-18 years old, with Congenital and Rheumatic Heart Diseases, underwent evaluation, cardiac reviews, and received successful heart surgeries and/or interventions at the Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. Patients, were accompanied by THAP personnel and were driven from the Family Center in Nairobi to the hospital in Bomet.  All patients are recovering well, and have good prognoses for leading normal lives. Forty-five (45) other children and families received services, and support to improve health and diet during this period that included: Medicine 15; Reviews 7; tests 2, and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 21.

On June 8, 2016 THAP experienced deep sadness when Master Richard who was admitted to Kenyatta Hospital due to water retention died. THAP has supported Master Richard with medicine for 2 years hoping to improve his health so he could undergo much needed corrective intervention. Unfortunately, his frail body could take no more and he succumbed to his illness. THAP continues to support his family in their time of grief. In light of this recent experience, in early August THAP facilitated two educational programs in Kiambu and Limuru, Kenya to empower families on how to deal with grief and the loss of a loved one, post-surgery care, and equipping them with health care knowledge on behavioral and emotional functioning, quality of life, and adherence.

THAP has expanded its network of supporters by securing the services of two more physicians to serve at Tenwek Hospital. Dr. Ron an adult cardiologist from Minnesota USA went to Tenwek Hospital Jul 21-31. He attended to patients with mitral stenosis providing catheter intervention. Two of THAP patients, Mary and Consolata benefitted from this partnership.   Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic will screen children with congenital heart defects the first week of September. THAP Kenya is putting together a group of children to be evaluated by Dr. Allison in September.

Continued collaboration with Chain of Hope has allowed for THAP accommodating in-transit patients at the Family Center, and produced a plan where Gift of Life International (GOLI), is currently evaluating whether there is need to build a dedicated cardiac unit at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. A dedicated cardiac unit could prove extremely worthwhile to increase the number patients that could be helped year round.

Donors, partners, and supporters, please accept our sincere thanks for all you do to ensure that THAP and CAC positively impact the lives of children that desperately need intervention and corrective heart surgeries. We are able to do this work because of your continued support.

Child after successful surgery
Child after successful surgery
 
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