#Repost from @tysontravel 

So after several days trekking through Ecuador… I found little Zharick :) 6 years old, getting ready for her 2nd open heart surgery.. Full update coming
@MendingKids @TheRainCatcher #ZharicksStory

#Repost from @tysontravel

So after several days trekking through Ecuador… I found little Zharick :) 6 years old, getting ready for her 2nd open heart surgery.. Full update coming
@MendingKids @TheRainCatcher #ZharicksStory

Jaanvi Sant
14 Sept. 2014

Baby Nerima’s Journey

 Baby Nerima of Uganda was born on February 21, 2013. She was like any other healthy, happy baby at first, but approximately six months down the road, Nerima developed a persistent dry cough.
 Her parents took her to a referral hospital on September 2, 2013, where various tests, including TB, HIV, and cancer, showed up negative. However, three days later, they were referred to a heart institute — and that night, they found out that their young one had a moderately-sized hole in her heart.
 A friend soon told her parents about the Indian Association of Uganda, an organization that sponsors heart surgeries in India for Ugandan children. Nerima’s father filed forms and the heart echo report, and was overjoyed when, one week later, Nerima reached number two on the patient list for an operation. Although the $2,000 upkeep fee was steep for the family, a local parliament member chipped in. A week before travel, however, bad news struck: without clear explanation, Nerima was removed from the list.
 “We really cried at this office; we went and decided to leave with them the passports and money, thinking that maybe they can change their minds and call us in the remaining days, but [it was all] in vain,” Nerima’s father said.
 He and his wife would then walk to populated spots and “cry for help to save Nerima.” Unfortunately, rotary clubs and other organizations did not offer much help.
 “We would…get home late in the night because the corporate class of people we aimed at would come late in happening places,” he said.
 But just when Nerima’s situation was looking bleak, hope surged back once again. Nerima’s father heard about Mending Kids through a friend whose son had received a surgery through our organization. On September 16, he wrote to Cristina Farrut, Mending Kids’ Director of Social Services — and within two days, she responded, asking him to fill out an application as soon as possible. At first, Nerima’s father felt doubtful due to the previous incident, especially when Mending Kids offered to cover both Nerima’s and his wife’s expenses as they stayed in the Indian hospital.
 “This sounded strange in our ears,” he said, “but my dear, Mending Kids stood with us in the most trying moment.”
 After Nerima was placed on the list, her parents managed to obtain clearance for their baby girl to travel, then set off for the operation in Bangalore, India. Two days after arriving, Nerima’s father received a call from the doctor, who said that Nerima had a 25% chance of living through the operation. The reality was harrowing, but Nerima’s father knew that “there was no other option available” and encouraged his wife to stay strong. 
 During the operation, Nerima’s parents fasted, consuming warm water only. For the next two weeks, the girl would stay in a hospital bed, tubes weaving in and out of her body. Despite her appearance, though, Nerima’s parents were ecstatic to hear that their baby was recovering steadily. Within three days of hearing the good news, they headed back home.
 The community warmly welcomed Nerima and her family, the tears flowing freely.
 “Everyone was happy, thanks to Mending Kids,” Nerima’s father said. “At home, Nerima plays endlessly; at times, we leave her playing with toys even past midnight…I think because she missed it before.”

Jaanvi Sant

14 Sept. 2014

Baby Nerima’s Journey

Baby Nerima of Uganda was born on February 21, 2013. She was like any other healthy, happy baby at first, but approximately six months down the road, Nerima developed a persistent dry cough.

Her parents took her to a referral hospital on September 2, 2013, where various tests, including TB, HIV, and cancer, showed up negative. However, three days later, they were referred to a heart institute — and that night, they found out that their young one had a moderately-sized hole in her heart.

A friend soon told her parents about the Indian Association of Uganda, an organization that sponsors heart surgeries in India for Ugandan children. Nerima’s father filed forms and the heart echo report, and was overjoyed when, one week later, Nerima reached number two on the patient list for an operation. Although the $2,000 upkeep fee was steep for the family, a local parliament member chipped in. A week before travel, however, bad news struck: without clear explanation, Nerima was removed from the list.

“We really cried at this office; we went and decided to leave with them the passports and money, thinking that maybe they can change their minds and call us in the remaining days, but [it was all] in vain,” Nerima’s father said.

He and his wife would then walk to populated spots and “cry for help to save Nerima.” Unfortunately, rotary clubs and other organizations did not offer much help.

“We would…get home late in the night because the corporate class of people we aimed at would come late in happening places,” he said.

But just when Nerima’s situation was looking bleak, hope surged back once again. Nerima’s father heard about Mending Kids through a friend whose son had received a surgery through our organization. On September 16, he wrote to Cristina Farrut, Mending Kids’ Director of Social Services — and within two days, she responded, asking him to fill out an application as soon as possible. At first, Nerima’s father felt doubtful due to the previous incident, especially when Mending Kids offered to cover both Nerima’s and his wife’s expenses as they stayed in the Indian hospital.

“This sounded strange in our ears,” he said, “but my dear, Mending Kids stood with us in the most trying moment.”

After Nerima was placed on the list, her parents managed to obtain clearance for their baby girl to travel, then set off for the operation in Bangalore, India. Two days after arriving, Nerima’s father received a call from the doctor, who said that Nerima had a 25% chance of living through the operation. The reality was harrowing, but Nerima’s father knew that “there was no other option available” and encouraged his wife to stay strong.

During the operation, Nerima’s parents fasted, consuming warm water only. For the next two weeks, the girl would stay in a hospital bed, tubes weaving in and out of her body. Despite her appearance, though, Nerima’s parents were ecstatic to hear that their baby was recovering steadily. Within three days of hearing the good news, they headed back home.

The community warmly welcomed Nerima and her family, the tears flowing freely.

“Everyone was happy, thanks to Mending Kids,” Nerima’s father said. “At home, Nerima plays endlessly; at times, we leave her playing with toys even past midnight…I think because she missed it before.”

“True happiness is sharing it with others.”In Africa we were able to team up with Dr. Frykman to host a conference that promoted advancing sustainable pediatric surgical care through the training 18 surgeons from 9 African countries and providing them with the proper tools and a price that they can actually AFFORD!


“True happiness is sharing it with others.”

In Africa we were able to team up with Dr. Frykman to host a conference that promoted advancing sustainable pediatric surgical care through the training 18 surgeons from 9 African countries and providing them with the proper tools and a price that they can actually AFFORD!

"We are neighbors,  no matter the distance. " 

#globalreach #HopeLoveMend #follow #mendingkids
#missionmonday 
#love #instagood #picoftheday

"We are neighbors, no matter the distance. "

#globalreach #HopeLoveMend #follow #mendingkids
#missionmonday
#love #instagood #picoftheday

#Repost from @tysontravel who is continuing his incredible mission in Ecuador to bring a water filter to Zharick, one of our patients who will be getting a much needed open heart surgery.
With her surgery and being rid of common water-born illnesses, Zharick is on her way to living a healthy and happy childhood. 
#helpZharick #HopeLoveMend #savetheworld #onechildatatime 

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Found a Volcano to swim in on the way to Zharick.. Quick little break then the @mendingkids @TheRainCatcher journey continues!

#Repost from @tysontravel who is continuing his incredible mission in Ecuador to bring a water filter to Zharick, one of our patients who will be getting a much needed open heart surgery.
With her surgery and being rid of common water-born illnesses, Zharick is on her way to living a healthy and happy childhood.
#helpZharick #HopeLoveMend #savetheworld #onechildatatime

Found a Volcano to swim in on the way to Zharick.. Quick little break then the @mendingkids @TheRainCatcher journey continues!

#Repost from @allly_mast  with Momina, a beautiful child from Ethiopia ♡ 
#HopeLoveMend #Ethiopia  #tbt #mission  #love

#Repost from @allly_mast with Momina, a beautiful child from Ethiopia ♡
#HopeLoveMend #Ethiopia #tbt #mission #love

Mission Monday Update!
25 kids were mended this week at Hospital Central de Maputo in whatconsisted of three missions in one, thanks to the talents of doctorsDeUgarte, Kulber and Bernstein performing general, plastic andorthopedic surgeries on the children of Mozambique. 

This is what wecall a Mending Kids Trifecta.

Mission Monday Update!

25 kids were mended this week at Hospital Central de Maputo in what
consisted of three missions in one, thanks to the talents of doctors
DeUgarte, Kulber and Bernstein performing general, plastic and
orthopedic surgeries on the children of Mozambique.

This is what we
call a Mending Kids Trifecta.

#MKOnAir is airing in just a few minutes. 
Tune in to Ubnradio.com from 1-2 on channel 1.
Listen for #MadeleineStowe our guest golden globe winning actress from #Revenge ! 
@anagnews @dorothy_lucey

#MKOnAir is airing in just a few minutes.
Tune in to Ubnradio.com from 1-2 on channel 1.
Listen for #MadeleineStowe our guest golden globe winning actress from #Revenge !
@anagnews @dorothy_lucey

There are 2 pediatric cardiac surgeons in Tanzania.
 To the left is one of them.  
There are about  46 million people. 60% are children. 

1/100 have Congenital Heart Disease. 

We’re rushing to get a cardiac team set for a mission as soon as we can to help these children. 
#mendingkids #HopeLoveMend #global #love

There are 2 pediatric cardiac surgeons in Tanzania.
To the left is one of them.
There are about 46 million people. 60% are children.

1/100 have Congenital Heart Disease.

We’re rushing to get a cardiac team set for a mission as soon as we can to help these children.
#mendingkids #HopeLoveMend #global #love

Watch our 2nd UBN Radio Show #MKOnAir 


Dr. David Ferry was our main guest for the show, speaking about his experience with Congenital Heart Defects, how to detect the symptoms, diagnose and treat.
Joining him were our wonderful hosts Dorothy Lucey and Ana Garcia.
Also, four volunteers and our own Mission Coordinator Isabelle Fox. 

Tune-in next Wednesday at 1 p.m. for our next show! 

We are SO excited for the never predictable - super exciting and hilarious CATHY SHIN! She will discuss her mission trip to Haiti with her ALL female surgical team! Mending 75 children in ONE WEEK with ONE surgeon!!!