Who is in Israel This Week:
Save a Child's Heart is currently treating twenty seven children:
Before surgery After surgery
Akosua Temah Obeng
Akusoa is a cute two year old little girl from Ghana. She lives with her parents and older sister in Accra where she frequently had to go to the hospital due to her heart disease. Her father is a 6th grade teacher and her mother is studying to become a nurse. Akusoa is a very independent girl who walks around the house alone filled with curiosity, but whenever she sees her mother a big smile appears on her face.
David Kofi Kumah
David is a cute little baby boy from Ghana. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers in the capital, Accra. His father is an engineer and his mother works as a secretary. David loves crayons and balloons. He is a very energetic boy who loves to jump around, unfortunately his condition gives him some restrictions; he gets tired very easily. When he was born they discovered that there was a problem with his right ear, because of this they were sent to the hospital and after numerous tests he was diagnosed with a heart condition. His mother is very grateful to be here and to get this chance.
Seyram Ama Letsu
Seyram is a vibrant 5 year old girl who can dazzle anyone with her beautiful smile and bright eyes. She is an only child and knows how to get things her way, but she is also very pleasant and respectful which makes it a joy to have her around. She lives with her mother and the family of her father in Akatsi, a village that is a 3 hour drive from Accra. Seyram’s father is a businessman in Accra and he visits them as often as he can. Seyram loves to draw and watch cartoons. She was only 2 months old when they discovered she had a heart condition, due to breathing problems and pain in her chest they had to go to the hospital. In 2011 Seyram underwent an operation in Ghana, which helped her a lot, but the doctors explained that she would need another surgery in the future and this is why she and her mother are now in Israel. Seyram tells us she wants to be a lawyer when she grows up and although she doesn’t like needles she takes all of her medication with a big smile.
John is a 10 year old boy from Honduras with big brown eyes and amazing eye lashes. John is in Israel with his mother, who is a very kind woman. He has an 11 year old brother named Eduardo, and the three of them live in a small apartment in Tegucigalpa, the Capital of Honduras. Unfortunately, John’s father passed away 6 years ago. The mother works in a coffee shop to support the family and tells us how difficult it has been over the years, having to leave work to go to the hospital with John all the time. John’s heart disease was discovered during pregnancy and since birth he had several fainting episodes and rapid heartbeats. Right before coming to Israel, John had to be admitted to the hospital in Tegucigalpa for three days due to tachycardia. Despite his heart disease, John is a very active boy who loves school (especially math), where he attends the 4th grade, loves to play hide and seek and loves football. His mother tells us how every time he feels good, he runs around too much and ends up with extremely rapid heartbeats. John and his family found out about Save a Child’s Heart through the ambassador of Honduras in Israel who is a friend of the family and fortunately told them about us. John wants to be a police man when he grows up, but his mother wants him to be a doctor. But as she said herself, her only dream for him for now, is for him to be healthy and happy and to be able to play like other children his age.
Hazhar is a seven-year-old boy from Kurdistan, in northern Iraq. Hazhar is escorted to Israel by his older sister Laila, since their mother is no longer living. Hazhar is sweet little boy, very cheerful and playful. He never gets bored or even annoyed about all the waiting hours or the sometimes uncomfortable examinations he has to go through. Hazhar loves playing soccer. His sister takes very good care of him and loves him very much like a mother would.
Dalya is a sweet, vivacious twelve year old young woman from northern Iraq, who is in Israel with her great aunt. Dalya is very joyful and mature girl, who is very communicative and loves to explore her surroundings. Dalya has a warm and outgoing spirit which combined with her disarming smile wins everyone around her. Despite her congenital heart disease, Dalya had a perfectly normal and healthy childhood, and only recently discovered about her heart disease. She began to notice that her lips and fingers would turn dusky blue and that she become short of breath after exercise. A long search to find answers to her medical issues resulted in her diagnosis and her trip to Israel.
Yousif’s first journey to Israel was an amazing one. When he arrived in Israel, he was completely blue and was quickly taken to Wolfson Medical Center, where both medical staff and camera crews were eagerly waiting to see him. Yousif's unique story made national news. One crucial yet palliative surgery later, Yousif’s heart was in much better condition than when he had initially arrived. And only a short month after that, we saw him released to go home, with the doctors advising that he return to Israel in four to six months for his final corrective surgery. That time has now come. His heart is now strong enough to undergo the corrective surgery he needs. The low oxygen level still makes Yousif’s skin shining blue. Before the doctors will perform the full repair of his heart defect, they will need to do a catheterization first to get all the information about his heart condition they need.
Helen is a stunning 16 year old girl from Kenya. She was born in Mombasa and her mother still lives there, she owns a small business. Helen’s father died when she was little and she grew up with her mother and older sister. Nowadays she lives in Nairobi with her aunt because she is attending an international high school. Helen is in the second year of highschool and her favorite subject is English. Her sister also lives in Nairobi, she is working in a pharmacy and Helen sees her often. Helen sees her mother once a year and that is not always easy, but Helen is grateful to get the opportunity to go to a good school and she enjoys her stay with her aunt and uncle. The uncle is a soldier and they have 4 children. After school Helen helps out with the chores around the house. She likes to read and play volleyball with her friends. She didn’t experience any health issues until last year when she went to the doctor because of pain in her legs. She was sent to Mwanza, Tanzania, to be seen by our doctors during their last medical mission there. There they discovered she had a heart condition and told her she could come to Israel for surgery. Helen was very happy when she learned she was coming to Israel. She hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. Helen is a bright young girl who helps out a lot at the SACH house. Everyone likes her and treats her as the big sister of the group.
Osaid, Palestinian Authority
Osaid Sade is a 7 month old baby boy from Gaza. He was diagnosed at birth with heart problems. He came to Wolfson Medical Center 3 months ago for an evaluation and now he has returned with his grandfather to receive surgery. Osaid is the youngest of five, with three older brothers and an older sister. His grandfather says that he is active and playful and even goes after his bottle and likes to do things on his own, but his breathing is not normal and he has a hard time. His family is praying for his health and is grateful to Save a Child's Heart.
Diana, Palestinian Authority
Diana is a mature and calm 16 year old from Gaza. She discovered that she had a problem with her heart last year when nurses and doctors came to her school to do a general check up on all the students. She shares that she never felt like there was anything wrong, but when she came to Wolfson Medical Center for her first evaluation in March they informed her that there is a small hole in her heart. Diana has 3 sisters and 4 brothers. She really likes school, especially her Arabic classes, and she says that the English classes are the hardest. She wants to become a journalist and report on the news.
Mohamed, Palestinian Authority
Mohammed Ashgar, a shy 12 year old, returned to Wolfson Medical Center for surgery with his mother. He had had surgery last year and they discovered his heart problem because of a virus that he had developed. He is the 3rd child out of 5 and gets along well with his siblings. He shares that he prefers to play soccer with his friends and spend time on the computer instead of going to school. He also says that his favorite subject is soccer, however he has a hard time keeping up with his friends because he becomes easily short of breath. He requires another surgery and is looking forward to having an easier time keeping up with his friends when they play soccer. He is also dealing with blood problems and must be taken to the local hospital once a week.
Wasam, Palestinian Authority
Wasam is a one month old baby boy from Gaza.
Daniel Alin Iacob
Daniel is a handsome tall teenager from Ghermanesti, a small village close to Vaslui. He is 16 years old and lives with his parents and 2 younger brothers. Daniel has never felt sick and didn't even know he had a heart problem until last May. He had an inner ear infection and went to the doctor, who discovered that he had a heart problem. This news came as a shock to the whole family as Daniel has always been a very healthy energetic and sporty boy. Even after his diagnosis he didn't notice anything different than other boys his age. The doctors told him that he should stop exercising because it might be dangerous at this point, but other than that he can still live a normal life. He was exited to come to Israel and read a lot about the country (he is very much interested in History), but he also would like to have the surgery and quickly return to Romania. He has a girlfriend and lots of friends and he likes to go to school. He is a good student and he studies languages, his favorite courses are French and Romanian. After school he likes to spend time on the computer, playing games and surfing on the internet. When he grows up he would like to become a lawyer.
Daniella is seven year old cheerful girl from Osheshti, a small community near Vaslui. She lives with her parents, brother and sister. Daniella is the youngest. All children have health problems: her sister has a lung condition and her brother has soft bones. Furthermore the father has severe problems with his sight which prevents him from. They get social support and own a piece of land which they farm to support themselves. The grandparents who live nearby help out with taking children to the hospital etc. but the mother tells us it is a very difficult situation and she hopes Daniella can return healthy to Romania after her surgery. Daniella is going to school; she is in the first grade. Her mother takes her to school every day by horse carriage. When the horse is not available she carries her daughter the 2km to school because she is too weak to walk on her own. After school she does her homework and rests a little before she can go outside and play with her sister and their neighbor's kids. Daniella is a really girly girl and she loves everything that is pink. She also likes to draw, play with her dolls and she likes to sing and dance. More than anything she loves her cat. They also have a dog but her mother won't let Daniella play with him because he is very wild. Daniella has always been sick, getting colds and feeling weak and tired. She has been taking medication since she was three years old.
Silvio is a charming little nine year boy. He lives with his family in a village called Buscata which is near Vaslui in Romania. Silvio has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and he is the middle one. His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife. Silvio is a bright boy who loves to go to school. He walks to school every day with a big smile on his face and he was first of his class last year. He is currently attending the 3th grade. Silvio loves to share little facts with everybody about everything he learns. He would love to be an architect or a contract builder when he grows up. After school he loves to play with his dog, Sharlow, a big shepherd dog he found in the woods one day. He was very worried what would happen to the dog while he would be in Israel with his mom. Silvio’s heart problem was discovered when he was one year old, he had bronchitis and while the doctor examined him, he learned about his heart problem. He never experienced any severe problems until he fainted in school last year. Since then his condition got worse and worse and he feels tired all the time. Silvio is a very easy going child who immediately made friends with the other boys in the SACH house.
Deus Alex Lunyembeleke
Deus is a 5 year old boy from Mwanza Tanzania. He has been accompanied to Israel by his mother leaving behind two brothers and two sisters. During the day his father works in the fields and his mother stays at home to care for all her children. When Deus grows up he wants to go to university and become a doctor. A week after Deus was born there was an announcement that a doctor from Israel was coming to Bugando Medical Center (located 10 minutes from their home). Deus was taken there to be examined where they found out about his heart defect in 2008.
Shamsa Jellan-Singa Selemani
Shamsa is a charming eight month baby girl with big brown eyes and beautiful golden earrings. She lives with her family in Mwanza. Her father is a health officer at the airport and her mother is a housemother. She takes care of Shamsa and the other children of her husband. Soon after she was born they discovered abnormalities on her stomach and her heartbeat was really fast so they took Shamsa to the hospital where the doctors diagnosed her with a heart condition.
Geoffrey is a 20 month old baby boy from Mwanza. He lives with his mother at her parents place. It is a big family as the mother has 11 siblings. Geoffrey's mother is still very young and as Geoffrey is her only child she adores him. She tells us she would like to learn how to work with a computer but for now this will stay a dream as they can't afford one. Geoffrey is a serious looking baby boy with beautiful big eyes, just like his mom. He loves to play with toys and other children. His heart condition was discovered, shortly after his birth.
Yamungu Raurent Luhomwa
Yamungu is an adorable two and a half year old boy from a small village called Kigoma, in Tanzania. He has 5 brothers and 3 sisters and as the smallest child he gets a lot of attention from his siblings. His parents have a farm where they grow vegetables. Yamungu likes to draw and play with other children. When he was born he wouldn't stop crying and his heartbeat was too fast so he was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart condition.
Stella Ferdinand Nkamu
Stella is a sixteen year old teenage girl with the most beautiful smile. She lives with her parents and 6 siblings in Mwanza. As the youngest of them, she feels lucky to have a huge family with lots of nieces and nephews. Her father works in agriculture and her mother is a housewife. She attends school, is currently in the 11th grade and is very smart. Stella even speaks some English and helps translate for the Tanzanian mothers at the SACH house. She hasn't been well for a long time but it hasn't been that long since they discovered she had a heart problem. One day in school the whole class got into trouble and when the teacher wanted to punish them everybody ran away. Stella tried to keep up but wasn't fast enough and her heart started to beat very fast. She fainted and they took her to the hospital where they discovered she had a heart condition. When she grows up she would like to be a doctor. After school she likes to spend time with her mother in the kitchen as her favorite hobby is cooking.
Thereza is an eleven year old girl from Tanzania
Agnes is a lovely 12 year old girl from a small village near Mwanza, Tanzania. As Agnes only speaks a local dialect it is hard to communicate with her but she tells us she has many brothers and sisters and her parents are farmers. She used to go to school but since a couple of years ago she stopped going and spends most of her time at home helping her mother.
Godfrey is cute one year old boy from a small village in Tanzania called Shnianga. He lives with his parents and ten siblings. Godfrey is the youngest and the 6th boy in the family. His family has a farm where they grow corn and rice. When he was 2 weeks old the mother noticed he had breathing problems and they went to a local government hospital, where they discovered he had a heart condition. He was then sent to Mwanza, to be screened during our last medical mission there. Soon after his checkup he was brought to Israel for surgery.
Asha is a one year old girl from Mwanza, Tanzania who is in Israel with her mother. Asha lives with her mother and father and six older siblings. Her oldest sibling is twenty years old. Her parents work on their farm to grow just enough corn to provide food for the family. Asha's mother noticed that she was sick three months ago with what she thought was Malaria. She took her to the hospital where Asha was screened by the SACH medical mission team and brought to Israel for heart surgery. Asha's mother was very happy to find out there was a way for her to get well. Although none of Asha's siblings had the opportunity to go to school, her mother has high dreams for Asha. She hopes that she will learn how to read and write so that she could get a job when she grows up. However, for now her mother's greatest hope for Asha is simply to be healthy.
Simon is a charming little boy who can get anything done with his big smile and beautiful eyes. Simon is 6 years old and he has brothers as well as sisters but he cannot remember how many. His father sells vegetables at the market and his mother is a tailor. He is in 1th grade in school and loves it; he would like to go to school every day of his life. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Michael is a bright ten year old boy from Mwanza. He tells us he lives close to the airport with his parents and older brother. His father is a businessman and his mother is a teacher. Michael speaks very good English and even helps us translate sometimes from Swahili to English when the nurse is not around. He told us he attends an international school and really enjoys it. His favorite subject is sciences and he is currently in grade 5. He would like to be a doctor when he grows up.
Dainess is a 7 year old girl from Tanzania. When she came to Israel, the nurse immediately wanted her to go to the hospital because of how sick she was. Just 3 days after her surgery, she said she was already feeling better. She is very thin and it is clear she has not been growing well. She is not in school because she is so sick, but she wants to be healthy so she can go to school. She lives in a house with her parents and her 3 siblings, who she says are all doing well.