Sunday, May 12, 2013

Have a Heart- Support a Heart!

On June 7th, we have another opportunity to transport a patient from Bongolo Hospital that needs specialized care for a heart condition.  You may remember our last opportunity to be involved with our friend, Fidele.

This time around it will be with a little boy, Alain- a patient of our colleague, Deb.  Deb has been identifying candidates, usually one per year, to take part in a program that she developed with friends at the Mayo Clinic (MN) that offers free care to a select few from the developing world.

Deb described this young boy as a bright and full of life!  It's really amazing because, about 2 years ago, he almost died at a hospital in Libreville.  Now, with the help of the team at Bongolo, they have stabilized his condition and his seizures have stopped enough that he can travel.

We'd like to invite you to assist this young boy on his journey.

Here is Deb's description of another case involving a young girl receiving care through the "Heart Send" program that she developed:

We left Libreville, Gabon together on July 9th to fly to Frankfurt, Germany. This was their first time on an international flight and they would need to take a total of 4 flights, the last three without me accompanying them, as I was heading to Atlanta for my 3-month home assignment. The Lord smoothed the way before them in answer to many prayers and they arrived in Minneapolis, MN very tired but happy.

When Grace arrived at the Mayo Clinic, she underwent a thorough evaluation. Her congenital heart anomaly was found not to be as complicated as feared. This made the surgery and recovery less difficult. She had her surgery on July 15th and came through with flying colors. Her mom, Prisque, was strong and trusting the Lord but refused to eat or drink anything that day until she knew that Grace was out of danger. 

Dr. Deborah Walker with Alain & his family
Grace’s recovery has gone very well and they had a wonderful time in Minnesota. A follow up visit with the cardiologist showed that the repair was a complete success and they flew back to Gabon on August 28th.
Thank you so much for praying for them and for giving to the Bongolo Heart Send Project approved special and partnering with us to make this miracle a reality!!! You have had a huge impact on this precious girl’s life.

We need your partnership to make these flights happen.  To continue offering these types of medical evacuations free of charge, please consider making a contribution to the Gabon Airplane fund.  CLICK HERE to get to the donation page.

You may enter "Gabon Airplane" to support the transport of such cases.  You may also enter "Bongolo Heart Send".

Thanks for your partnership in health and hope in this part of the world.


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