Miracles Of The Heart

Dear TAS teachers and students,

The Heartbeat Vietnam team of VinaCapital Foundation would like to thank you once again for your generous donation. The donation of your fundraising week in November 2017 has helped to change the lives of 8 families.

Following your donation, 8 children in the South and Central of Vietnam have been arranged to have surgery; some have recovered well, some are going to have surgery soon. Their families may have never been able to afford these much-needed heart surgeries that you have provided.

Growing up, these 8 children have faced extreme hardships due to their heart defects. Their health problems have resulted in some not even able to continue going to school because of difficulties in their daily activities. Their health problems have also caused further financial stress to their families’, who are already struggling to afford for daily expenses. You have made a difference in all of their lives. Now, 8 children will be strong enough to go to school, eat dinner with their family, play with their friends and dream of a bright future, just like all children deserve. Now, 8 parents will no longer feel afraid for their child’s health, anxious about the future, or guilty for not being able to afford surgery. You are the one who made all of this possible.

The Heartbeat Vietnam team of the VinaCapital Foundation are very grateful for your kindness and your dedication to save the children with congenital heart defects (CHD). Your trust and the opportunity you gave us are what motivate us even more on this endless journey to help the impoverished children.

With sincere appreciation, The Heartbeat Vietnam team

Stories of 4 children who have surgery in Ho Chi Minh City

1. PHAM NGOC AN THY

  • Birth year: 21 May 2013
  • Province: Binh Thuan
  • Diagnosis: Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Hospital: Tam Duc
  • Estimated surgery cost: 3,996 USD
  • Admission date: 28 March 2018
  • Surgery date: 4 April 2018
  • Discharge date: not yet

An Thy is the youngest of three daughters in this poor family living in Tanh Linh District, one of poorest districts of Binh Thuan province. She is in kindergarten and her two siblings are also in school. An Thy was born with Tetralogy of Fallot which can be treated surgically. She constantly feels sick and tired because of her heart defect and the impact it has on her life is debilitating. Someone was born with this defect may required one or two surgeries depending on the defect’s status and the child’s health situation. An Thy was indicated to have two, one would provided temporary improvement by a shunt and the second surgery would come later when she got ready. In 2015, she was sponsored by Heartbeat Vietnam to have the first shunt operation. After 3 years following up, she now requires a complete repair operation. Her father is a electrical repairer however his income is unreliable. He and his wife run a shop selling electrical equipment and reparing if required in a small place at the local market. They had to get a loan of bank about 4000 USD to invest to this shop in hopes of getting their living life better and get enough money to take care of their children. In fact that they couldn’t open the shop often because of having to take their little daughter to hospital frequently. These things make their life extremely difficult and have no way of meeting the surgery cost.

2. LE THAI BAO

  • Birth year: 22 December 2002
  • Province: Vinh Long Diagnosis: Tetralogy of Fallot Hospital: Tam Duc
  • Estimated surgery cost: 2,917 USD
  • Admission date: 28 March 2018
  • Surgery date: 5 April 2018
  • Discharge date: not yet

Bao is the first child in his family living in Mekong Delta. When he was 2 months old, he was diagnosed with severe congenital heart defect. It has been long time to live with this serious defect made his heart’s health worsen. He desperately needs an open heart surgery but his family has no hope of meeting the steep costs of the procedure. His father is a worker and his mother stays at home to take care of housework. All the family’s expenses are depending on the father’s meager income. Bao is grade 10 student. Because of serious defects, he is too weak to participate in any kind of activities and cannot concentrate on studying as well. With the help of generous donor, Bao could go through the operation and enjoy his student life with his friend and live a happy life with his family.

3. BUI QUACH QUY QUYEN

  • Birth year: 7 November 2015
  • Province: Lam Dong
  • Diagnosis: Apso type I, II, sent Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Hospital: Tam Duc
  • Estimated surgery cost: 7,488 USD
  • Admission date: 6 April 2018
  • Surgery date: not yet
  • Discharge date: not yet

Quyen’s family is a member of Muong ethnic minority living in Lam Dong Province. Quyen has two elder sisters who are attending school. He was born with complex heart defect that affects his entire life. He easily gets tired and has cyanosis symptom. Quyen’s father works as a hired laborer who is willing to take any jobs to earn living and support the whole family. His family is living his aging paternal grandmother who cannot work anymore. Since Quyen was found with heart problems at four months old, his mom has had to quit her job as a hired laborer to take care of him. All burden of financial issues are on his father’s shoulders. No matter how hardworking he is, the income is always low and unstable. According to the cardiologist, Quyen needs to be operated as soon as possible, unless he will die soon. Although his parents love him so much and are aware of his poor health, they cannot figure out the way of affording the cost of the procedure.

4. HA BAO DUY

  • Birth year: 22 July 2016
  • Province: Lam Dong Diagnosis: Tetralogy of Fallot Hospital: Tam Duc
  • Estimated surgery cost: 2,917 USD
  • Admission date: 4 April 2018
  • Surgery date: not yet
  • Discharge date: not yet

Duy is the youngest child of his parents. When he was 5 months old, he was detected with severe congenital heart defect and had been hospitalized many times for treatment. Both his parents are office workers whose income are only enough to cover their daily needs and their child’s medical treatments. Duy was indicated to have a complete heart surgery which enable him to have a normal life like his sibling. He loves playing around and running as a normal child. His life has been threatening without surgery but his parents don’t have means to afford the surgery cost.