Care for a Child's Heart

by Children & Charity International
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
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Care for a Child's Heart
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Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Care for a Child's Heart
Patient Jay with Mom
Patient Jay with Mom

Many good things happened this quarter for patients and families of Care for a Child’s Heart (CFACH). Twenty (20) patients that needed heart treatment and urgent intervention underwent successful surgeries with positive results and diagnoses for a promising future. Three (3) children had surgeries in India, Four (4) children were operated at Gertrudes Children’s Hospital in Nairobi Kenya. Six (6) children received surgeries at Jakaya Kikwete Hospital in Tanzania, and seven (7 ) children had surgeries at MPShah Hospital in Kenya. Three of the patients celebrating successful surgeries include:

Kombe, the youngest in a family of four. He was born at full term but has been sickly from birth. During visits to hospitals, he was treated for the common cold and sent home. His parents were very concerned when at 8 months old Nath underweight, had a poor appetite and cried a lot. While attending a regular check-up at Msabweni hospital a doctor did echo and ECG tests which showed that Nath had a heart condition -Tetralogy of Fallot. After four years of travail, the parents made connect with Care for a Child’s Heart that facilitated his cardiac screening which resulted in Kombe receiving successful open-heart surgery this quarter.

Pen, at 1-year-old, is the only child in her family. She was born at term and at one week old, she developed Jaundice and was treated and discharged from hospital. At 6 months she began having rapid breathing patterns, and was easily fatigued while breastfeeding. She also had poor appetite. For three months, Pen had recurring pneumonia and was treated in a local hospital a couple of times. The observing doctor referred Pen to Kijabe Hospital and an ECHO test showed that she had a large PDA. A repeat ECHO test done at MP Shah Hospital in November 2021 showed the same results. Pen got a chance to have surgery done at MP Shah by a visiting surgical team, Healing Little Hearts. Unfortunately, she got fever on surgery day and surgery had to be postponed. This quarter Pen had successful open-heart surgery.

Jay, a soft-spoken boy was born in South Africa.  He was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at birth at Johannesburg General Hospital. He was an active child and was able to go to school. His mother sort a second opinion of Jay’s condition and a doctor recommended Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) repair. With no insurance, Jay’s family connected with CFACH through a board member who was acquainted with Jay’s Aunt. Jay was put on CFACH waiting list and after one year he was sponsored for surgery by HeartGift Foundation and CFACH. Jay had successful open-heart surgery in Tanzania.

Other services provided to patients and families this quarter include:

  • 30 medical reviews
  • Prescription medicine for 30 children
  • Accommodation for 20 families
  • NHIF contribution for 10 children
  • Conducted 10 home visits.

Children & Charity International (CAC) and Care for A Child’s Heart (CFACH) continue efforts to build relationships for this important work. We are grateful for the support of donors, and current partnerships with hospitals, medical professionals, pharmacies, airlines. Safaricom, Pedal Wise, Miga Golf Club and others. You are the best. Thank you.

Patient IIhan May 2022
Patient IIhan May 2022
Patient Gillion May 2022
Patient Gillion May 2022
Patient Sandra May 2022
Patient Sandra May 2022
Patient Prince April 2022
Patient Prince April 2022
Home visit by Irene, CFACH ED, May 2022
Home visit by Irene, CFACH ED, May 2022
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This quarter was very busy as Care for a Child’s Heart (CFACH) continued to impact the lives of patients and families that needed heart treatment and urgent intervention. Amidst the disruptions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, several patients received much needed surgeries to remedy their maladies with positive outcomes.

Patients: Bushra, Rahma, Mary, and Victor received successful surgeries at the Gertrudes Children Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya in November. 

Two patients had successful surgery at the MP Shah Hospital, Kenya. Five-year-old Zada was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of 1 year. The observing cardiologist recommended surgery for total correction of Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Her parents connected with CFACH via facebook and got listed for the MP Shah mission in November 2021. She underwent a successful surgery on November 18, 2021. Four-year-old Gift is the last born in a family of seven children. He was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease at infancy and has been on medication since. His parents connected with CFACH after they were linked by a past beneficiary. The long awaited open heart surgery took place on November 15, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital. Both patients are recovering well.

Three patients, Mel, Mil, and Nath, had surgeries at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Tanzania in early January 2022. All patients are recovering well. Further, eighty-two patients received medial reviews. thirty patients received medicine, and forty families were accommodated at the Family Support Center.

Children & Charity International (CAC) and Care for A Child’s Heart (CFACH) has continued efforts to build relationships to continue this important work. We are thankful for the support of donors, and current partnerships with Hospitals, medical professionals, pharmacies, airlines. Safaricom, Pedal Wise, Migaa Golf Club and others,

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Mina
Mina

During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic period we adhere to protocols to remain safe, but Care for a Child’s Heart (CFACH) realizes there is ongoing need to keep the ball rolling for the benefit of our patients that still need urgent heart intervention and/or surgeries. This quarter our patients were treated at hospitals in Egypt, India, and Tanzania.

One patient - Sih travelled to Tanzania in July and received successful heart surgery at the Benjamin Mkapa Hospital. One patient - Mina, travelled to Egypt and received successful heart surgeries at Aswan Heart Center in Egypt in early August. Another patient is currently at the same hospital awaiting surgery. One patient - Tuma was flown to India in August and received successful heart surgery. All patients are back home in Kenya and recovering well.

Further, CFACH assisted patients in the following ways

  • Medicine: CFACH provided 120 patients with post-surgery, sustaining medicine this quarter. 
  • Medical Review: 45 children underwent medical reviews this quarter. Reviews were conducted at MP-Shah Hospital in Nairobi and Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya.
  • Accommodation: 32 patients were accommodated at CFACH Family Support Center in Nairobi this quarter. Baby Tami continues to be a resident of the Support Center in order to receive weekly treatment for heart ailment at the nearby Mater Cardiac Hospital

One of the goals of CFACH is to support both patients and community. In this regard, CFACH has and continues to distribute back packs and supplies to current and former patients and their siblings. These backpacks were donated through a special back pack campaign.

In an effort to continue assisting patients, CFACH is happy to report partnership with Pedal Wise Cycling Club. Members of the Club recently visited the Family Center and had a fun ride with some of the children. A joint fundraising event in planned for the future.

Children & Charity International and Care for a Child’s Heart wish to extend a hearty ‘thank you’ to all donors and supporters for your belief in our efforts. Together, we shall impact the lives of those that most need care.

Tuma
Tuma
Sih
Sih
Distribution
Distribution
Distribution 2
Distribution 2
Distribution 3
Distribution 3
Pedal Wise Cyclists
Pedal Wise Cyclists
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Cyclists with patients
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Group in Tanzania
Group in Tanzania

     The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped "Care for a Child’s Heart (CFACH)" from pressing on to continue the great work that was started 28 years ago. Two thousand plus (2,000+) children and families have been blessed with surgeries, interventions, medicine, food, personal care, livelihood packages, accommodation, and support to enjoy healthier lives today.

     During the past quarter, CFACH administration and staff continued serving patients and families. Three of CFACH patients returned safely to Kenya after receiving successful heart surgeries at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac institute in Tanzania in January 2021. Necessary to remedy the gloomy prognoses for these sick, and desperate children with various heart anomalies were interventions to correct regurgitation, stenosis, and atresia of the valves. One patient Muhdin travelled to Spain for treatment. He underwent successful surgery at Barcelona Hospital in April 2021. All patients are recuperating and doing well. Currently patient George from Uganda, and a sponsored child of CFACH, is awaiting open heart surgery at Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac institute in Tanzania.

     Care for a Child's Heart also provided the following additional services:

  • Medicine: CFACH provided 53 patients with post-surgery, sustaining medicine this quarter. 
  • Medical Review: 14 children underwent medical reviews this quarter. Reviews were conducted at MP-Shah Hospital in Nairobi and Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya.
  • Accommodation: 14 patients were accommodated at CFACH Family Support Center in Nairobi this quarter. Baby Tami continues to be a resident of the Support Center in order to receive weekly treatment for heart ailment at the nearby Mater Cardiac Hospital

     Care for a Child’s Heart 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, and other parts of Africa who would otherwise not have a chance at a successful life. Thank you.

Muhdin in Spain
Muhdin in Spain
George in Tanzania
George in Tanzania
Patient after surgery
Patient after surgery
Patient2 after surgery
Patient2 after surgery
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Alva
Alva

Although the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted activities for several months in 2020. We are pleased to report successful surgeries were completed in the past quarter on several needy patients. Patients travelled to India and Tanzania to have surgical procedures. 

Two patients went to India:

     Baby Omar was diagnosed with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a large hole between the two lower chambers of his heart- at seven months of age. He had successful open heart surgery at MIOT Hospital in India on November 11, 2020 which resulted in his full recovery. He has not suffered from any complications since his return to Kenya.

     Baby Alva born June 26, 2020 was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a hole between the two lower chambers his heart. He had successful open heart surgery at Fortis Escorts hospital in New Delhi, India on December 12, 2020.

Six patients went to Tanzania:

     Five-year-old Christian was diagnosed with Tetrology of Fallot (TOF) - a combination of heart defects at the age of two. He received lifesaving surgery at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in October 2020.

     Four-year-old Edna, is the last born of three sisters. She was diagnosed with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a large hole between the two lower chambers his heart at seven months of age. She underwent successful surgery in November 2020 at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute in Tanzania.

     Thirteen-year-old Irene was diagnosed with Tetrology of Fallot (TOF)- a combination of heart defects.  She needed surgical intervention. Irene had her surgery at the Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute on December 14, 2020.

     Eleven-year-old Malik is the first born of seven siblings. He was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a hole between the two lower chambers his heart-. His doctor recommended open heart surgery, closure of the VSD, and resection of the subaortic fibrous ridge. He underwent successful surgery at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Tanzania in December 2020.

     Ten-month-old Mira is the second born of three siblings. She was diagnosed with a large Perimembranous Ventricular Septal defect (VSD) - a hole between the two lower chambers her heart and needed corrective heart surgery. She underwent successful surgery in Tanzania at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in December 2020.

     Twelve-year-old Tina was first diagnosed with a dilated heart and later diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) - a hole between the two lower chambers her heart. In December 2020, she underwent successful surgery at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute, Tanzania.

Other successful activities to end the year 2020 included:

  • 24 families were accommodated at the Family Care Center. 
  • 22 patients received various cardiac medicine.
  • 44 children received medical reviews.
  • 7 children’s National Hospital Insurance were paid for by CFACH
  • 7 Home visits were successfully made.

Care for a Child’s Heart and Children and Charity International are forever thankful for the sponsorship of HeartGift in making these surgeries possible. Also, gracious thanks to the hospitals, surgeons, medical staff, patients, caregivers, and all other support received especially during this trying coronavirus pandemic period. We feel blessed that so many children were helped and are now on the mend.

We look to continuing this critical work during 2021 and wish everyone, A Happy New Year!

 

Amira
Amira
Christian
Christian
Edna
Edna
Irene
Irene
Malik
Malik
Omar with Mom
Omar with Mom
Tina
Tina
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