Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect around the world. In the United States and other developed countries, there are medical centers with trained specialists to repair these defects. However, this is not the case in developing countries like Kenya where children suffering from conditions like a hole in the heart or damage caused to the heart by rheumatic fever often go undiagnosed until it is too late.
Families are most often told by their doctors that they must send their child to the United Kingdom, India, the United States or another developed country with trained doctors who can help their child. Unfortunately, the cost of such a trip to help save their child’s life is impossible for families with little or no resources.
Seeking a miracle, these families are referred by their doctors to Take Heart Association Project (THAP) in Nairobi, Kenya, an organization that has been helping families secure the medical care they need for their children to live healthy lives for 20 years.
We are pleased to introduce some of the children and young adults THAP has helped to secure the medical care they need to live healthy lives.
In March 2014, Margaret, then age 10, underwent a successful heart surgery at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan. This hospital, founded by Dr. Strada and the Italian NGO, Emergency, was featured on the CBS news program, 60 Minutes. She is doing fine and currently does not need any medications. THAP insures that Margaret will be monitored by doctors in Nairobi.
Please take a moment to view the video of Margaret expressing her gratitude.