Sweet 9 month old Arleth lives with her mother, grandmother, older brother and uncle in an area far from the capital city of San Salvador. Although she is a happy child, she is always tired and has been hospitalized several times in her short life due to her heart condition and related illnesses. Her mother was just recently informed that her daughter has a heart condition that requires surgery as soon as possible. Previously, her condition was undiagnosed despite numerous visits to clinics and local hospitals. Arleth’s grandmother is a teacher at the University and is the sole supporter of the family. Arleth’s mother stays home to care for her as she is frequently ill. This family prays each day for a miracle to save the life of sweet Arleth. She will be receiving treatment at Hospital Benjamin Bloom.
Who we are:
Formed in 2013, Heart 4 Heart is a student-run, non-profit organization driven by a mission to provide life-saving cardiac interventions and/or surgeries for children in various developing countries born with congenital heart defects. Working with our partners at Gift of Life International (www.giftoflifeinternational.org ) who facilitate crucial surgical missions around the world, we are able to dedicate all of our proceeds directly towards treating children with CHD. A key distinguishing aspect of our charity is that we operate on the basis of fundraising for one child at a time. We currently have several chapters across Canada, based in local universities campuses in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, London, Ottawa, Kingston, and Halifax. We believe that promoting directness and eliminating anonymity renders enhanced personal responsibility and clarity of operations. We have been able to fund the interventional diagnostic and treatment/surgery costs for 57 children so far. For more information about our charity and our sponsor children, please visit www.heart4heart.ca
About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD):
Congenital Heart Disease is the #1 birth defect worldwide, occurring in ~3% of all live births. This means that approximately 4 million children are born with CHD every year, and without treatment it is often considered a death sentence. CHD presents as a structural and functional defect of the heart that can range in severity and symptoms: such as shortness of breath, cyanosis, fainting, heart murmurs, underdeveloped muscles and growth, or respiratory infections. While CHD is treated immediately after birth in Canada and in most developed nations, many children with CHD in developing countries are often faced with health inequities and are unable to access to adequate medical care.
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