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
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
Cyclists with patients
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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Solo Run
Solo Run

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic greatly impacted how we were able to interact, and the level of service we could provide for our patients. Since people were advised to shelter in place and maintain social distancing, many patients were unable to get regular check-ups and needed treatment. However, although in crisis during the past months, Care for a Child’s Heart was able to provide 21 patients with medicine; 6 patients and their families were given shelter and accommodation at the Family Support Center for a total of 182 nights; and 10 new patients were referred to CFACH for needed heart treatment.

 

Also, the President of CFACH, Solomon 'Solo' Musyimi is running 2020 Kilometres (approx 1255 Miles) this year to raise US $50 000 (Approx Ksh. 5 000 000) for CFACH programs. For every 1 Mile Solomon runs, he makes an incredible difference in the life of an indigent Kenyan child suffering from congenital heart disease. It would be great to have you run with him or contribute to his efforts to save a child's life.

 

As the pandemic is controlled, and the situation improves, CACH is looking forward to welcoming back all patients, and resuming full service.Care for a Child’s Heart 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.

 

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Sara had successful surgery
Sara had successful surgery

     Care for a Child’s Heart (CFACH) is the continuation of an initiative that started 28 years ago. The initiative involves helping sick and desperate children with heart anomalies in Kenya get urgently needed care. Over 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, six patients received evaluation at Tenwek Hospital. Baby Sara qualified for open heart surgery. Baby Sara is the 2nd born in her family. She has a history of heart murmur and cyanosis (bluish color of the skin and mucus membranes). She was diagnosed with MAPCAS (arteries that develop to supply blood to the lungs when the native pulmonary circulation is underdeveloped); Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a hole that allows blood to skip circulation to the lungs and pulmonary atresia with intact septum. Although Sara was cleared and booked for surgery, on the night before her surgery, doctors discovered a clot in her system. Surgery was suspended to manage the clot. One week later, the clot was cleared and The Hearts of East Africa Medical Mission team performed successful open heart surgery on Sara at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Sara stayed in ICU for a few days before being transferred to the HDU. She was later admitted to a ward but she is now safely home! Sara has her smile back. Her mended little heart continues to heal – No more turning blue. The cyanosis is gone!

     Care for a Child’s Heart currently has a total of 19 children on the Waiting List. We hope to present them for surgery assessment during the next visiting mission team in September. To encourage more partnerships and collaborative relationships, CFACH Board held a dinner meeting with Dr. Michael Liske and Dr. Tom Doyle on January 23, 2020.The event took place at Mayfield Guest House. Four CFACH board members had a great moment with the doctors ahead of their trip to Tenwek Hospital. The one-hour meeting was informal just to allow the board members time to interact with the doctors.

     CFACH Family Support Center hosted Baby Wada and her parents for 2 weeks in February 2020 as she was in transit to India, Narayana Hospital for open heart surgery. Through partnership with Chain of Hope, CFACH continues to offer accommodation to families in-transit as they travel to any Chain Of Hope center in different parts of the world for heart surgery.

     Care for a Child's Heart 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.

Patients at Tenwek Hospital for Assessment
Patients at Tenwek Hospital for Assessment
Patient Tami at CFACH Center
Patient Tami at CFACH Center
Wada and parents at CFACH Center
Wada and parents at CFACH Center
CFACH Board members meet with visiting doctors
CFACH Board members meet with visiting doctors
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