|Send a hero a Valentine
Today, heart disease is still a leading cause of mortality among children in the developing world. But this Valentine’s Day, here is a way to honor those who have fought back — and won!
Thais is 21 months old, weighing just 15 pounds. Last week she had surgery to correct what is called a ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart). Thais traveled from her home in Puntarenas in the southern regions of Costa Rica to San Jose for her heart operation. It was performed by a Surgeons of Hope team from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, led by Dr. Chai.
After her time in the ICU, shown here, Thais was freed from all of that equipment and recovered nicely. The gift of her childhood has been returned to her.
Open your heart and donate to Surgeons of Hope in honor of someone you love!
Every 30 seconds a baby is born with a life-threatening but highly treatable heart defect. Help us expand access to life-saving heart care around the world.