5-year-old Carlos was killed in Honduras a year after having surgery in the United States
On Tuesday night, a former Children’s Heart Project patient was killed in front of his home in Honduras by a stray bullet. Five-year-old Carlos had heart surgery in Tennessee in June 2012. Please join us in praying for his family during this difficult time.
Children’s Heart Project is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that brings children from developing countries to North America to receive life-saving heart surgery. When Carlos was chosen for surgery, he and his mother flew to Tennessee to meet their host family.
Carlos enjoyed visiting swimming pools, parks, zoos, and museums with the family’s three girls. One night, Carlos’ mother, Doris, made traditional tortillas. Carlos and his mother attended church with the family.
Carlos returned to his home in a dangerous area of Honduras. It is so perilous for outsiders that our staff wasn’t able to visit Carlos. He traveled to our office for his follow-ups. He had just finished his one-year visit when he was killed.
Several of our Honduran staff members traveled to Carlos’ memorial service on Thursday to support his mother, two brothers, and extended family. Doris said that Carlos accepted Christ during a Children’s Heart Project evaluation and that she was certain she would see him again in heaven one day. God impacted her entire family through Carlos’ surgery.
“Please remember the family in prayers,” said country director Brad Phillips. “Even though his time was short, Carlos was given a new chance on this earth. More importantly, he now has an eternity to celebrate a clean heart with Jesus.”