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
Kpiuh
Kpiuh

 

Your continued generosity and support for MEDRIX has enabled us to sponsor 2 recent corrective heart surgeries for kids in need in Vietnam. In late 2015 we approved two teenage boys, Duc and Kpiuh, for life-changing heart surgery that would allow them to pursue healthy futures full of adventure and promise. Both boys have undergone surgery and were discharged in the early months of 2016, ready to face a new life of health thanks to you! Both of the boy's families had a similar message to you and the rest of our donors:

"[we send our] deepest thanks to the donors for giving [them] a new life."

Your generosity truly has given Duc and Kpiuh a new life. Take a minute to read Duc and Kpiuh's stories below: your gift has had such an impact not just on their lives, but on countless other children and young adults who now have a lifetime of hope, health and happiness ahead of them: 

When MEDRIX met 16 year old Duc in October 2015, he was an extremely ill boy: it was difficult for him to speak and he was visibly weak and very thin. His mother was very worried about his prognosis of congenital heart defect because he had an aunt with heart issues also, and another aunt who died during child birth. The decision for surgery was not an easy one to make for Duc’s family. For Duc however, he was “not afraid” because he knew that surgery would enable him to live a full and rich life like his friends. His dreams are to go to college and become a computer programmer.

Now thanks to the generosity of MEDRIX donors, Duc has a new lease on life: he finally received the corrective surgery he needed on Christmas Day, 2015. It went well and Duc was discharged from the hospital on January 6, 2016. His family sends their “deepest thanks to the [MEDRIX] donors for giving him a new life”. Now Duc will be able to finish high school and be healthy enough to pursue college–something that would have been impossible before.

Similar to Duc, 17 year old Kpiuh Hieu was facing a life of uncertainty and poor health: with heart pain and extreme fatigue and weakness, his future looked bleak. Kpiuh belongs to the Gia Rai ethnic minority group that live in rural villages in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Without the ability to perform any manual labor due to his heart defects, Kpiuh’s role in his community and ability to seek a better life was precarious. 

 

Thanks to the great support of MEDRIX donors, Kpiuh was able to receive corrective heart surgery in January and was discharged from the hospital on February 4th! He was discharged just in time for Vietnam’s large TET celebrations for Lunar New Year. Because of your generous donations, MEDRIX was able to partner with other organizations in Vietnam to provide a better life for children like Kpiuh, who now have hope for the future.Kpiuh and his family extend their sincere thanks to MEDRIX donors, and thank you for giving him a new life. His TET celebration will be even brighter and happier this year than ever before!

Thanks to your generosity, MEDRIX is able to continually sponsor corrective heart surgeries as needed. Without your support, we wouldn't have been able to help these kids who desperately needed surgery right then and could not wait any longer. Congenital heart defects greatly affect the quality of life that children are able to live, often leaving them unable to pursue their education or enjoy childhood. 

Duc: before and after. Looking much healthier!
Duc: before and after. Looking much healthier!
Duc and his mom, pre-surgery
Duc and his mom, pre-surgery
Duc, post surgery and smiling
Duc, post surgery and smiling

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My, post-surgery
My, post-surgery

In October, Executive Director LaRelle Catherman and Project Managers Pham Thi Thu Ha and Alicia Moore traveled to Vietnam with the hope to plan for 2016 heart surgeries and other medical and education projects. While in Hue, we received notice that there was one sixteen year old boy who really needed surgery much sooner, and the Cardiac Charity Department at Hue Central Hospital asked if we could please consider sponsoring part of his surgery right then. Several days later, we received another call asking for immediate assistance for a five year old girl also suffering from congenital heart defect, and would be going into surgery later that same day. 

Thanks to your generosity, MEDRIX is able to continually sponsor corrective heart surgeries as needed. Without your support, we wouldn't have been able to help these kids who desperately needed surgery right then and could not wait any longer. Congenital heart defects greatly affect the quality of life that children are able to live, often leaving them unable to pursue their education or enjoy childhood. 

The boy that we were able to sponsor, Duc, has dreams to attend college and become a computer programmer. His mom, while very worried, also hopes for this, and hopes that this surgery will give him a new opportunity at life. Without the surgery, he wouldn't have been able to pursue college and probably would have had to find work as a manual laborer, further aggravating his heart problems. Thanks to you, Duc underwent life-changing surgery while MEDRIX was in Hue and is recovering nicely. 

The young girl that we sponsored, My, was only 5 years old and in desperate need of corrective surgery. The MEDRIX staff was able to visit her after surgery, where she recovered quickly and is now healthy and has been able to return home with her family. 

Your continued support and donations have made surgery possible for kids like Duc and My! In this week of American thanksgiving, MEDRIX and the families we support in Vietnam are giving thanks for the generosity of our donors who keep our programs running and provide new opportunities for life for so many. We sincerely thank you. 

My and her dad, post-surgery
My and her dad, post-surgery
My with MEDRIX staff in hospital, post-surgery
My with MEDRIX staff in hospital, post-surgery
Duc and his mom, pre-surgery
Duc and his mom, pre-surgery
Duc, pre-surgery
Duc, pre-surgery
Duc, his mom and MEDRIX staff, pre-surgery
Duc, his mom and MEDRIX staff, pre-surgery

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Pretty happy after surgery!
Pretty happy after surgery!

Because of you, MEDRIX has been able to sponsor five heart surgeries for deserving children and adults in Vietnam--and ALL of them have been successful! Five more families are able to look forward to a happy and healthy future without being held back by heart defects. And recently MEDRIX was able to sponsor a sixth heart surgery for one little boy who's been waiting for 3 years...thanks to your generosity!

3 1/2 year old Hung was originally scheduled for surgery back in 2012 and MEDRIX donors agreed to cover the cost. But his poor health and hemophilia caused fear for his family and doctors that he might not survive or recover from the surgery at such a young age. His family has been waiting and trying to get little Hung healthy enough for surgery, hoping that when the time came, they would again be able to receive financial support for the surgery. 

The generosity of our donors and supporters like you gave MEDRIX the possibility to once again reach out to Hung's family and offer our help. We were so excited to hear from them again, and to be able to provide the resources they required for his surgery! It simply wouldn't be possible without your support, and we sincerely thank you for helping MEDRIX improve the health and quality of life for kids in need, like Hung. He waited a long time for surgery but looks like a happy and excited guy now! 

Hung's surgery was successful, and he is now recovering at home with his loving family! He will now be able to attend school when he's older and live out a healthy and happy childhood just like other children. This future filled with hope wouldn't have been possible without YOU! Thank you for your generous gift that went directly to helping save lives like Hung's. 

Our safe water campaign is still active and running and we still need your support to provide safe water to preschools and primary schools in Vietnam. 

Thank you for your generosity, your commitment, and your support for MEDRIX to help children and families in Vietnam! Together, we can make a difference and provide a lifetime of health, happiness and hope to families in need. 

Thanks to all MEDRIX supporters!
Thanks to all MEDRIX supporters!
Hung post-surgery, a little nervous
Hung post-surgery, a little nervous
Hung and his mom back in 2012, very scared
Hung and his mom back in 2012, very scared

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Little Hoang
Little Hoang

2015 has been off to a great start thanks to your generosity and support! Because of you, MEDRIX has been able to sponsor five more heart surgeries for deserving children and adults in Vietnam--and ALL of them have been successful! Now five more families are able to look forward to a happy and healthy future without being held back by heart defects. 

Recently MEDRIX began sponsoring young adults as well as children for life-changing heart surgeries. The adults that MEDRIX meets who suffer from heart defects often have children, spouses or parents to care for that depend on them for survival. They are the economic pillars for their families and in their communities, and cannot support themselves or others unless they are able to work. MEDRIX was honored to sponsor one adult woman, Dong, whose picture you'll see in this report. She recovered quickly and was able to return home to her husband and family less than 3 weeks after her surgery!

Four other little heart surgery patients--all children--have also undergone their surgeries already and are on to healthier lives! Your generosity has changed their futures forever. They'll be able to go receive an education, experience childhood like other children, and go on to become leaders in their communities. This would not be possible if they hadn't undergone these life-changing surgeries. 

Our safe water campaign is still active and running and we still need your support to provide safe water to preschools and primary schools in Vietnam. 

Thank you for your generosity, your commitment, and your support for MEDRIX to help children and families in Vietnam! Together, we can make a difference and provide a lifetime of health, happiness and hope to families in need. 

Hoang and his parents
Hoang and his parents
Anh
Anh
Dong after her surgery
Dong after her surgery
Baby An
Baby An
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Baby Tran is now healthy!
Baby Tran is now healthy!

2014 was an amazing year for giving, and MEDRIX was honored to receive your donations and support. Thanks to you, many children in Vietnam will be living healthy and happy childhoods. They'll be able to go on to receive an education and give back to their own communities without being held back by heart defects. 

YOU played an integral part in changing lives: over $5,000 was raised for heart surgeries through the MEDRIX platform on GlobalGiving in 2014! WOW! That means that more than 6 children will be sponsored for surgery in early 2015: MEDRIX is in Vietnam right now, counseling parents and families through the difficult decision to undergo surgery. We are also excited to announce our expansion into young adult heart surgeries as well. MEDRIX has been asked to consider sponsorship for young adults on an as-needed basis because many of their situations are even more grim than a child's: young adults are often the economic pillars of their families and solely responsible for their entire financial outlook. When they are unable to work and provide for their families due to minor heart defects, the whole family can spiral further into extreme poverty. MEDRIX is honored to be able to expand our sponsorships to more families and communities in Vietnam.

You will notice that despite this expansion of our heart surgery sponsorships in Vietnam, currently our heart surgery project page is listed as 'fully funded'. 2015 will be a year of great reflection for MEDRIX and our partners in Vietnam: the generosity and heart behind our supporters and our organization is very great. MEDRIX will be reorganizing our heart surgery sponsorship program for the future to better accomodate a wider variety of patients, and in the meantime, our heart surgery project page will be listed as 'funded'. Don't worry--your generous donations will still go towards 2015 heart surgery patients. We'll also keep you posted once these patients are selected and begin surgery in just a few weeks! Our safe water campaign is still running and we still need your support to provide safe water to preschools and primary schools in Vietnam. 

Thank you for your generosity, your commitment, and your support for MEDRIX to help children and families in Vietnam! 

Linh
Linh
Xay and his dad after surgery
Xay and his dad after surgery
Vu and mom
Vu and mom
Little Ha and mom
Little Ha and mom
Khang and mom
Khang and mom
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