Stories About the Children

A Heart Forever Changed

Hilda Grace Nalwanga is a 23-year-old woman from central Uganda. When she was 14 years old, her life changed through a program of Samaritan’s Purse called The Children’s Heart Project. When I was in boarding school, I would get sick often. The school nurses often diagnosed me with malaria, cough, and flu. They would give [&hellip

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What It’s Like to Be an Interpreter for the Children’s Heart Project

Karla Patzi Cayoja has worked with the Children’s Heart Project in Bolivia on five separate trips with various families to various hospitals in North America. She most recently traveled with two Bolivian families receiving corrective heart surgeries in the Grand Cayman Islands. Being an interpreter for the Children’s Heart Project isn’t a normal job. It [&hellip

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A Journey to Healing

Seth Bayles was born in 2000 to Don and Julie Bayles in southern Wisconsin, the fourth of seven children. In 2001, Batbileg Dorjdulam was born in western Mongolia, the second of three children. Fourteen years later, their lives converged in an unusual way in Minnesota. Batbileg was only a year old when he was first [&hellip

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All Things Work Together for Good

Angie Van Steenvoort is a supporter of the Children’s Heart Project, which brings children from around the world to North America for life-saving heart surgery. In August 2003, I was ecstatic to learn that I was pregnant. Time flew by quickly—until February 2004, when life came to a complete halt. At a routine visit, Nate [&hellip

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Two Hearts Receive Healing

Upon first appearances, they don’t have a lot in common. Jheens is 11 years old. He lives with his parents and older sister in his aunt’s apartment in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He attends school and hopes to be a doctor one day. His father works to provide for their family, while his mother devotes all [&hellip

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The Race for Life

Sarah Abonyo’s son received life-saving heart surgery through the Children’s Heart Project. The birth of baby Elijah ushered in joy to our family. However, this joy was short lived. When Elijah was 6 months old, a doctor diagnosed him with pneumonia. He discovered something unusual in the way Elijah was breathing and advised us to [&hellip

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There Was a Beautiful Glow

Theresa Shoemaker is a regional host coordinator with the Children’s Heart Project. Two years ago, Madina gave birth to twin boys in Uganda. She knew something was different about Medei, as he wasn’t growing and eating like his brother and he struggled to breath. One woman told her not to worry about losing one of [&hellip

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Wild Joy

Aimee Esparaz recently hosted two Mongolian children, their mothers, and a translator as the children received life-saving heart surgery through Children’s Heart Project. It’s been a whirlwind couple of months since we said, “Yes! Here I am … Lord, send me …” to an opportunity to serve the least of these by being a host [&hellip

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In the Hands of the Almighty

Carola Contreras is the Children’s Heart Project coordinator in Bolivia. She recently transported 9-year-old Wilfredo from Bolivia to the U.S. for surgery to repair the defect in his heart. “I’ve done all the repairs I had planned,” the surgeon said after working for four straight hours on Willi’s heart. “We’ll wait 48 hours to see how [&hellip

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Four Surgeries to Repair Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, affecting approximately one in 100 newborns, and are the number one cause of birth defect-related deaths worldwide. Children with congenital heart defects suffer from fatigue, difficulty eating, poor weight gain, and difficulty breathing. This can keep them from doing well in school, or, in some cases, [&hellip

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