Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam

by MEDRIX
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Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
Life-Changing Heart Surgeries for Kids in Vietnam
LIttle Chi Listens to her heart
LIttle Chi Listens to her heart

  Eight Heart Patients in March and April, 2018 Recieve Funding! 98 Patients in all !   Thank you!  

Seven anxious patients and their families waited in the hall of the Charity Department in Central Vietnam and one little patient waited in the pediatric unit.  All were anxious to learn if their child or young adult would be chosen and sponsored for life saving heart surgery!   All were chosen and sponsored.  Here are three of their stories:   One little infant was only 23 days old, his mother shocked by grief was now so relieved when she heard that MEDRIX would sponsor her precious little one for surgery!  She was still concerned, but also so relieved to know that surgery was an option, and that he was fully sponsored.

 

Mai was 21 years old when he learned that he must have heart surgery.  Wow, what a surprise to him.  It now explained some of the difficulties of his life.   He works when he can, but he has not been able to find labor jobs due to his shortness-of-breath.  People thought he was ‘wimpy’, but now he knows why he could not work hard like other young men – his heart and lungs just could not keep up with the needs of his body! Perhaps this is why he had a hard time keeping up in school too.  Now he’ll have a new lease on life and after recovery he’ll regain the health he never had.  Without help from donors like you, we may not have been able to assist this young man!   Mai is grateful and so are we!   

Mai is hopeful after having surgery! 

Two year old Chi listens to her own heart  

MEDRIX could not sponsor kids like Chi or life-saving heart surgery without your donation and support. Thanks to your help, we've been able to sponsor 9 more children in 2018 and hopefully that number will be even greater by the conclusion of this year!  Not only are these precious children and amazing young adult regaining their health, but they now have the opportunities in life they never would have had without the benefits of heart surgery!  Sincerely, “thank you” for helping MEDRIX to change lives every day in Vietnam. 

All eight patients have now had their surgeries and returned home to their families with healthy hearts and a new lease on life!  

Mr. Mai after his life saving heart surgery
Mr. Mai after his life saving heart surgery
Mom with 23 day old child ready for surgery
Mom with 23 day old child ready for surgery

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The Executive Director of MEDRIX is in Vietnam during the week of March 21. She interviewed four families who have children who need corrective heart surgery but are not able to afford the cost of the surgery. MEDRIX is providing the necessary funds so the surgeries can go ahead.

 Attached are photos of some of the families and their child. Each family has a story -- here are a few of the stories:

 #1 - 4 months old - lives a few miles from hospital - needs a simple corrective surgery

 

 

#2 - lives far from hospital - a 12-hour bus ride. MEDRIX provided a stipend to the family for food and travel back to her village when the daughter is able to travel after surgery.  Her home is so far that no bus or train goes there.  So MEDRIX hired a car to take her home after her surgery because we do not think she can be strong enough for a few months to endure to 45-mile ride on a motorcycle after they get off the bus at ‘the last stop’.

 

 

#3 -  is 6 and in preschool. They came about 100 miles by train - she liked the train. She asked why a foreigner would be a medical worker in Vietnam. She was very fun. Insurance may pay some of the total bill of $1136 USD - MEDRIX will cover any remainder. Family is supporting food and transportation. 

 

#4 -  is 3 and very sweet. Has a very very serious heart defect. Has already had 1 surgery. Now need diagnostic evaluation after his past surgery - but there is no insurance. MEDRIX will pay the $455 for the cardio gram - right coronary artery assessment. When he has surgery #2 MEDRIX will pay whatever is not covered by insurance, family or other donors.

 

Imagine that you are MEDRIX’s staff member meeting these families, listening to their child's heart anomaly by stethoscope, hearing their story, laughing a little and crying a lot -- and promising hope to the family -- hope that their child will grow to adulthood, get an education and lead a normal life. If you understand that "hope", you can understand MEDRIX’s "call" to work in Vietnam.

Thank you to all who have donated to MEDRIX to “keep hope alive” for some of those in need in Vietnam. Your donations make a HUGE difference in the lives of these children, their families and their communities. 

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Trang - before surgery
Trang - before surgery

Nov 11, 2017 -- The day finally arrived - the hardest but BEST day of our trip to Vietnam -- the day we interviewed families of children needing corrective heart surgery and got to meet the kids themselves. Here are two of the kids we met.

Our first child is Trang, age 5, diagnosis - hole between chambers of the heart. Trang was very, very shy, quite underweight and had to stop kindergarten due to excessive fatigue. The first photo is Trang with her mom before surgery.

The second photo is Trang after surgery as she was being discharged from the hospital on December 1st. Trang is another child who can now look forward to returning to school and leading a normal life.

Trang - before       Trang - after

Kim Chi, age 7 months, seen in the following photo, is malnourished and has two holes in her heart and additional lung problems. Her mother burst into tears the moment she sat down in the chair with her daughter, testifying to the tramatic time this is in their lives. The MEDRIX nurse encouraged and comforted the mother and gave special attention to her child. You can see mom listening to her own child’s heartbeat in this photo. Kim Chi was admitted to the hospital on Nov 13 and must wait for surgery until she healthy enough to withstand surgical procedure.


Kimchi before surgery

Four more families and children were interviewed and approved for surgery. Thanks - MEDRIX Heart Surgery Donors !!

Trang - after surgery
Trang - after surgery
Kim Chi before surgery
Kim Chi before surgery
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Hue after life-changing heart surgery
Hue after life-changing heart surgery

Sometimes the most difficult congenital heart defects cannot be fixed: instead they need to be maintained for life-long health. But this is not always easy. 16 year old Hue has lived with a congenital heart defect all of her young life. Hue lives in rural Dien Chau District within Nghe An Province in Central Vietnam with her parents, who are farmers. Nghe An is rich in natural resources with large swaths of forests, coastline and minerals. But despite it’s beauty and economic potential, congenital illnesses are expensive for any family, especially physical laborers or farmers. Hue was lucky to receive a pacemaker when she was 8 years old to correct her heart defect, and has been able to live a fairly normal childhood since then! 

Recently the battery on Hue’s pacemaker has run out, and Hue’s family was faced with a very difficult decision: find the money to replace the pacemaker or risk Hue being unable to finish school and have a healthy future due to her heart defect. This would be devastating to Hue's future: after a happy and healthy childhood, going back to poor heart health and quitting school would have been devastating. Luckily thanks to MEDRIX donors like you, MEDRIX was able to cover part of the surgery expenses just in time for Hue’s surgery date, and our partnering organization OGCDC (Office for Genetic Counseling & Disabled Children in Hue, Vietnam) was able to support the remainder!

Hue was discharged from the hospital on August 17th, 2017 in very good condition and health. She already looks much brighter and happier after surgery! Now she will be able to complete high school and hopefully continue to college–a feat that is nearly impossible with an untreated heart defect. We thank all MEDRIX donors for helping make surgeries like Hue’s possible and for providing hope and a healthy future for so many people in Vietnam! 

Hue with her mom, worried before surgery
Hue with her mom, worried before surgery
Hue was looking ashen and sick before surgery
Hue was looking ashen and sick before surgery
Hue and her mom, returning home to Nghe An!
Hue and her mom, returning home to Nghe An!

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Nga post-surgery, excited for school!
Nga post-surgery, excited for school!

Access to healthcare can be difficult no matter where you live in the world. MEDRIX and our partnering NGOs in Vietnam are honored to be able to sponsor children and young adults for life-saving heart surgery when they have no other alternatives and little hope for the future. It can be especially difficult in rural and poor regions, even if a family gets assistance from the government. In Vietnam, even when a family holds a "poor card" showing critical need for reduced services, they still must pay a portion of the surgery, no matter how desperate their situation. And surgery costs can rise as a child gets older, turning a life-saving operation into a race against time. 

This was little Nga's situation. Her father works as a fisherman in rural Quang Binh Province, earning only $87 USD per month. When Nga was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that affects blood flow, the family was unable to provide the almost $3,000 USD needed for corrective surgery. Nga's condition would only get worse over time, but not always show symptoms. She could appear well enough until she suddenly got sick and died, with little or no notice. Nga is a very quiet and studious girl who was attending kindergarten and getting ready for primary school in the fall. If she didn't have the surgery immediately, not only could she get sicker, but the cost could rise an exorbitant amount beyond $3,000 after her 6th birthday in June. 

This is a choice that no family should have to face. Her father teared up during his interview with the MEDRIX team, fearful of his daughter's future. Nga's family was afraid not just for her health, but because of the cost of the surgery and whether they could provide it. Thankfully, MEDRIX and another partnering NGO were able to split the cost of Nga's surgery and she was admitted to the hospital right away. Nga was discharged from the hospital on May 19th in good health! She is looking forward to being able to start primary school in September, and was able to celebrate her 6th birthday this month with NO fear! Thanks to your generosity, she'll have a healthy and happy childhood ahead of her! MEDRIX was also able to sponsor two other children, Tu and Huong, and we encourage you to check out their stories and outcomes on our website also. 

We could not sponsor kids like Nga for life-saving heart surgery without your donation and support. Thanks to your help, we've been able to sponsor three special children for heart surgery in 2017. They've not only regained their health, but now have the opportunity for an education and a real childhood without sickness ahead of them. We recognize that our donors put our projects into action! We sincerely thank you for helping MEDRIX to change lives everyday in Vietnam. 

Nga and her father Huy
Nga and her father Huy
Nga waiting for surgery
Nga waiting for surgery
Tu also had heart surgery in May
Tu also had heart surgery in May
Huong and her parents before surgery
Huong and her parents before surgery

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