'Thank You' Note
Many hearts were touched in various ways during this period.. Two patients travelled from Kenya to the United States for heart surgery. Patient Ry underwent surgery at San Antonio Medical Center in December 2015 and Eli underwent surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Texas in January 2016. Both surgeries were successful and patients have returned to Kenya and continue to heal.
A medical team from the organization, Hearts of East Africa in the United States, travelled to Tenwek Cardiac Clinic in Bomet Kenya. Their goal was to perform critical heart surgeries and repairs for sick children and young adults so they could have a more normal life. Patients from Take Heart Association Project (THAP), their caregivers and Social Worker were driven in THAPs Mobile Van from Nairobi to Bomet to be evaluated by the medical team. Five patients received successful surgeries as follows: January 31st, patients - Pe and Ata underwent surgeries. February 1st patients – Jo, Ja, and Ble received surgeries. Some challenges encountered along the way included shortage of blood which required a special blood drive in the patients’ village. The drive was successful. During evaluation, it was discovered that one young patient needed treatment for TB.
Peter Kamau, Executive Director of THAP Kenya Project reflected on how thankful everyone felt for the care and kindness of the medical team and supporting staff. One patient wrote the enclosed 'thank you' note to express his feelings. All five patients were discharged and have returned to their homes to continue the recovery process.
Ninety-one (91) children and families received home visits, services and support for healthier lives during this quarter which included Echograms 20; Medicine 25; Review 12; home visits 8, and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 26.
THAP and CAC believe this is a worthy mission and take pride in our efforts to help as many children and young adults that suffer from heart disease. We thank you donors for partnering with us in this worthwhile cause and truly appreciate your support and continued contributions.
Doctor examines patient
Doctor with family
Team members interact with patients
Peter Kamau with Dr. Moore at Tenwek
Patient in recovery