Here is a great example of how your support truly saves lives!
During our last trip to Guyana, we met 7-month old Arvin Rampersaud and his favorite brown toy horse. He was born in the town of Albion, where his parents are both gardeners. He was transferred to Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after his parents rushed him to a local hospital when he was having difficulty breathing. An echocardiogram showed that Arvin suffered from a severe form of Tetralogy of Fallot, which ultimately meant he did not have enough oxygenated blood circulating through his body
During a diagnostic catheterization study, Arvin’s oxygen levels became dangerously low, and he had to be rushed to the operating room for an emergency surgery. Team BabyHeart was in the right place at the right time thanks to your support, and they were able to place a shunt between the vessels of his heart that helped to increase the blood flow to the lungs, and saved his life! Had the BabyHeart team not been at GPHC training the local team, Arvin surely would have died. This shows the importance of the goal of helping the local team increase the capacity to treat local children born with cardiac defects
Arvin is continuing to improve with his trusty toy horse by his side, and his oxygen levels are good, but he will still need one or two more surgeries to completely fix his heart when he gets a little older. None of this would be possible without your generosity. Your support makes miracles happen!