Health
 Kenya
Project #7922

Help Mend A Broken Heart In Kenya

by Children & Charity International
Steve after successful surgery
Steve after successful surgery

This quarter was particularly difficult for Take Heart Association Project (THAP) staff, administration, volunteers, and patients due to the untimely death of its Kenyan founder, Peter Mbogo Kamau.  Peter succumbed to complications from malaria in December, the very same illness that many of THAP patients deal with daily and for which treatment is sought.  THAP’s focus on heart disease correlates to malaria because heart disease is elevated by the effects of malaria. After a touching send-off for Peter by family, staff, friends, and community residents, many persons expressed their love and sympathies on the enclosed card. 

 

Amidst the solemn occasion, and by the sufficiency of God’s grace, THAP continued to reach out to many sick children who needed care and support.  Several patients had evaluations, and cardiac reviews by Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Simon of New Hope Hospital, and on January 23, 2017, Steve underwent successful heart surgery at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi Kenya.  Seven other patients are scheduled for evaluation and heart surgeries by a medical team from the organization, Hearts of East Africa in the United States, when they travel to Tenwek Cardiac Clinic in Bomet Kenya to perform these services February 2 to 14, 2017.   Twenty-eight (28) other children and families received support services, home visits, and educational literature to improve health and diet that included medicine for 14 patients, and accommodation at THAP Family Support Center for 14 families.

 

THAP administrators and Children & Charity International offer sincere thanks to donors, partners, and supporters as we strive to continue the legacy of our beloved founder to facilitate and coordinate medical support programs for marginalized children affected by heart disease. We look forward to continued collaboration with Chain of Hope to provide accommodation for in-transit patients at the Family Support Center, and the many hospitals and establishments with whom we work to ensure that needy Kenyan children receive much needed intervention, surgery, and care to restore health, hope, and happiness.

Card from Supporters
Card from Supporters
Notes from Supporters
Notes from Supporters
Little Jolie held by visiting team member
Little Jolie held by visiting team member

During this quarter, Take Heart Association Project (THAP) reached an important milestone by exceeding the projected 7 surgeries targeted for 2016. In the month of October THAP executed its 8th successful corrective heart surgery when Little Jolie was operated on at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. Comforted in the arms of both mom and dad, Little Jolie was taken home safely and is making a remarkable recovery. Her mom wrote:

 

     “Take Heart is the best.  Mr. Kamau goes beyond the call of duty to help our children. May God bless him and his Staff.”

 

Over the past three months, 11patients 5-18 years old, with various stages of congenital heart diseases, underwent evaluation, and cardiac reviews. Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Simon of New Hope Hospital screened the patients in September in preparation for surgery in January 2017. Thirty-two (32) other children and families received support services, home visits, and educational literature to improve health and diet that included: Medicine 16; and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 16.

THAP continues collaboration with Chain of Hope to provide accommodation for in-transit patients at the Family Center. Gift of Life International (GOLI) and THAP is currently discussing and evaluating the need to build a dedicated cardiac unit at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya that would benefit THAP patients and other community residents.

Our sincere thanks to donors, partners, and supporters, of THAP and CAC that make it possible for us to care for children that desperately need intervention and corrective heart surgeries. Your continued support make our efforts worthwhile.

Richard and his Mom
Richard and his Mom's Testimonial

This summer has been bustling with activities for everyone at Take Heart Association Project (THAP) in Kenya which has resulted in 52 patients, families, and visitors, positively impacted, and new partnerships formed.

In early June, seven patients 5-18 years old, with Congenital and Rheumatic Heart Diseases, underwent evaluation, cardiac reviews, and received successful heart surgeries and/or interventions at the Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. Patients, were accompanied by THAP personnel and were driven from the Family Center in Nairobi to the hospital in Bomet.  All patients are recovering well, and have good prognoses for leading normal lives. Forty-five (45) other children and families received services, and support to improve health and diet during this period that included: Medicine 15; Reviews 7; tests 2, and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 21.

On June 8, 2016 THAP experienced deep sadness when Master Richard who was admitted to Kenyatta Hospital due to water retention died. THAP has supported Master Richard with medicine for 2 years hoping to improve his health so he could undergo much needed corrective intervention. Unfortunately, his frail body could take no more and he succumbed to his illness. THAP continues to support his family in their time of grief. In light of this recent experience, in early August THAP facilitated two educational programs in Kiambu and Limuru, Kenya to empower families on how to deal with grief and the loss of a loved one, post-surgery care, and equipping them with health care knowledge on behavioral and emotional functioning, quality of life, and adherence.

THAP has expanded its network of supporters by securing the services of two more physicians to serve at Tenwek Hospital. Dr. Ron an adult cardiologist from Minnesota USA went to Tenwek Hospital Jul 21-31. He attended to patients with mitral stenosis providing catheter intervention. Two of THAP patients, Mary and Consolata benefitted from this partnership.   Dr. Allison a pediatric cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic will screen children with congenital heart defects the first week of September. THAP Kenya is putting together a group of children to be evaluated by Dr. Allison in September.

Continued collaboration with Chain of Hope has allowed for THAP accommodating in-transit patients at the Family Center, and produced a plan where Gift of Life International (GOLI), is currently evaluating whether there is need to build a dedicated cardiac unit at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. A dedicated cardiac unit could prove extremely worthwhile to increase the number patients that could be helped year round.

Donors, partners, and supporters, please accept our sincere thanks for all you do to ensure that THAP and CAC positively impact the lives of children that desperately need intervention and corrective heart surgeries. We are able to do this work because of your continued support.

Child after successful surgery
Child after successful surgery
Post-surgery Patients Doing Well
Post-surgery Patients Doing Well

During the past two months, Take Heart Association Project (THAP) personnel in Kenya impacted the lives of 46 patients and families in a variety of ways.

In early March, seven patients ranging from 2-17 years, who suffered with Congenital and Rheumatic Heart Diseases, underwent evaluation and cardiac reviews, and received successful heart surgeries and/or interventions at the Tenwek Hospital in Bomet Kenya. Patients, accompanied by THAP personnel were driven from the Family Center in Nairobi to the hospital in Bomet.  Most of these patients whose young lives were deemed hopeless, now have good prognoses, are healing well, and looking forward to leading normal lives.

On March 31, one patient who had an Ebstein Anomaly with severe Tricuspid Regurgitation received successful surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel. In early April, THAP Executive Director Peter Kamau escorted one patient to Tanzania for special diagnostic tests at the Children’s Cardiac Center.

Thirty-seven (37) other children and families received services, and support to improve health and diet during this period that included: Medicine 11; Reviews 7; tests 2, and Accommodation at THAP Family Support Center 17.

THAP and CAC wish to say a hearty "Thank you" to all donors and well-wishers who contributed to ensuring these children enjoy healthier lives and hopeful futures.. We could not have done this work without your continued financial support. We look forward to continued partnership and helping more children.

'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 examines patient
Doctor with family
Doctor with family
Team members interact with patients
Team members interact with patients
Peter Kamau with Dr. Moore at Tenwek
Peter Kamau with Dr. Moore at Tenwek
Patient in recovery
Patient in recovery
 

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Children & Charity International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.childrenandcharity.org
Project Leader:
Marilyn James
Washington, DC United States

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