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Aug 7, 2018

Heart Beats.....

Baby Fay
Baby Fay

Thank you donors, partners, and well-wishers for your generous support and cooperation that motivate us to continue our efforts to help needy children with heart disease in Kenya to receive intervention. Since we entered 2018, Take Heart Association Project (THAP) has blessed over 200 children and families with surgeries, interventions, medicine, food, personal care packages, accommodation, and support to enjoy healthier lives.

During this quarter, THAP administration and staff continued to serve patients and families. Two patients underwent successful heart surgeries to correct anomalies. Patient, Conso received corrective procedures for congenital heart defect at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in June 2018. In early July, Baby Fay was escorted to Egypt and received successful open heart surgery at Aswan Heart Hospital. She traveled back to Kenya from Egypt in late July, 2018. Baby Fay was sponsored by Chain of Hope, a UK-based Foundation that enables children to have access to care that they would not otherwise receive. Home visits are planned for August 31, to ensure both patients are making good recovery.

THAP also provided the following:

  • Medicine: THAP provided 10 patients with post-surgery, sustaining medicine this quarter. 
  • Medical Reviews: 17 children underwent medical reviews this quarter. Nine of these patients were presented for screening at MP-Shah Hospital in Nairobi Kenya in July.  The screenings were conducted by Mending Little Hearts, a UK based Foundation.
  • Accommodation: 13 patients were accommodated at the THAP Family Support Center in Nairobi this quarter. This August, Baby Tami is celebrating 2 years as a resident of THAP Support Center in order to receive weekly treatment for heart ailment at the nearby Mater Cardiac Hospital.

THAP's work is not finished. During the past two months THAP received six new patients with heart ailments that need urgent intervention, plus there are children on a Waiting List that require assistance. Thank you to the Cardiac Surgeons, Medical teams, and interested stakeholders that held conferences, and visited THAP Support Center in Nairobi. We look forward to continued collaboration to better serve those in need.

THAP and Children & Charity International are grateful for your continued donation to this worthy cause.  Please spread the word to your friends, family, and social media networks so we can get the resources needed to continue impacting the lives of needy children, and families in Kenya, who would otherwise not have a chance at a successful life.

Patient Conso
Patient Conso
Baby Tami
Baby Tami
THAP staff and patients
THAP staff and patients
Family at THAP Center
Family at THAP Center
May 10, 2018

Serving with Joy

Baby Aqui after surgery
Baby Aqui after surgery

During this quarter, Take Heart Association Project (THAP) administration and staff joyfully continued to serve patients and families. Four children, age 4 months to 7 years underwent successful heart surgeries to correct anomalies of regurgitation, stenosis, and atresia of the Valves.

Patients, Angi and Marg received corrective procedures for congenital heart defects at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya in March 2018.  In early April, Rimu was escorted to Egypt and received successful mitral valve replacement at Aswan Heart Hospital. She traveled back to Kenya from Egypt on April 26, 2018, and already had a home visit to ensure that she is making good recovery. Baby Aqui was sponsored by Mending Little Hearts, a UK-based Foundation to receive successful Cath lab procedure on May 2, 2018 at MP-Shah Hospital, Nairobi Kenya.

THAP also provided the following:

  • Medicine: THAP provided 29 patients with post-surgery, sustaining medicine this quarter. 
  • Medical Reviews: 47 children underwent medical reviews this quarter. The latest occurred on April 26-27 when 6 THAP patients were presented for screening at MP-Shah Hospital in Nairobi Kenya.  The screenings were conducted by Mending Little Hearts, a UK based Foundation.
  • Accommodation: 32 patients were accommodated at the THAP Family Support Center in Nairobi this quarter. THAP also hosted a special patient from the Cameroon for two nights at the Center after the patient was operated on by Dr. Ron at Tenwek Hospital on March 31, 2018. Dr. Ron and his team appreciated the collaborative support given to this patient who had flown all the way from the Cameroon to Kenya for surgery.

Over the next 2 months THAP envisions Upcoming surgeries: (1) Baby Miri is scheduled for surgery in India later in May or early June. (2) Baby Fay has received sponsorship from Chain of Hope for open heart surgery at Aswan Heart Center in Egypt in May.

Sometimes it gets quite difficult, but THAP continues to fulfill its 2018 resolution of pushing harder for more stakeholders to work closely with us to ensure the children on the Waiting List receive the care they need. This period THAP received 7 new heart cases to an expanding Waitlist.THAP and CAC are grateful to all funders, partners, and supporters that continue to believe in our work.  Your continued donation to this worthy cause is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for impacting the lives of needy children, and families, who would otherwise not have a chance at a successful life.

Baby Aqui - Surgery Prep
Baby Aqui - Surgery Prep
Feb 7, 2018

Counting the Blessings

THAP matron holds Patient B
THAP matron holds Patient B

 

    Take Heart Association Project (THAP) started a great work 26 years ago. The work involved helping sick and desperate children with heart anomalies in Kenya get urgently needed care. During those 26 years, THAP has blessed over 1,000 children and families with surgeries, interventions, medicine, food and personal care packages, accommodation, and support to enjoy healthier lives today. But THAP's work is not finished. There are many more children on a Waiting List that need our help. THAP 2018 resolution is to push harder for more stakeholders to work closely with us to ensure the children on the Waiting List receive the care they need.

     During the past months, four (4) children Solo, Rita, Eno, and Gie received much needed surgical intervention to correct heart anomalies of regurgitation, stenosis, and atresia of the Valves. Thirty-two (32) patients underwent critical evaluation by visiting Hearts of East Africa medical doctors from the United States. The four patients that received corrective procedures were as a result of their evaluation. Solo and Rita received vital surgeries on January 28, and Eno and Gie had corrective procedures done on February 2, 2018 at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya by cardiologists, and surgeons, from the United States and Kenya. Eighty-five (85) other children and families got much needed help during this quarter in the form of: Review – 29, Medicine – 26, Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center – 30.

     Children & Charity International (CAC) and Take Heart Association Project (THAP) continue to forge ahead with services for children and families in Kenya. In December THAP provided educational material to several communities and conducted seven (7) home visits to patients in Loitoktok Region, Kajiado County, near the Tanzanian border. THAP checked on the families and patients’ well-being post-surgery; provided literature on follow-up healthcare; and presented a Food Care Packet.

     THAP and CAC are grateful to all partners, funders, and supporters that continue to believe in our work and the impact it has on many lives. Your continued donation to this worthy cause that influences lives of deserving children and families in Kenya is truly appreciated. Partnerships and support from benefactors are pertinent to growth in our organizations. Thank you.

Patient Ad with mom
Patient Ad with mom
Patient Mit with THAP staff
Patient Mit with THAP staff
Patient D with dad and THAP staff
Patient D with dad and THAP staff
 
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