The BabyHeart Team welcomes pre-med and medical students on our medical mission trips. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn and participate in a health care system that is part of a culture other than their own, and gain an in-depth look into the field of cardiothoracic surgery. One such student who joined us on a recent trip is Sessen Stevens, a pre-med student at the University of Memphis.
Prior to joining the trip, she had no idea of what to expect. Once she joined the trip, she was fascinated to see the interactions between the ICHF staff and the local medical team as they worked together to save lives.
“As a student, I left knowing procedures, defects, anatomy and different components of the surgery I had never known or thought of before! I was also given the unique experience of seeing a beating heart, which gave me a new appreciation for the human body.”
Something to Remember
What had the greatest impact on Sessen was her interaction with the children and their parents before and after surgery. She was able to see first-hand how life changing the operations were for the children, and how much of an impact it would have on their future. Seeing their smiling faces as they left the hospital with their families is something she will always remember.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity that was provided and the ability to go on the trip as an undergrad student. The trip solidified my desire to work overseas in medicine in the future. I’m super encouraged by ICHF, the volunteers and all the donors that are changing these children’s lives forever.”