On 10 May, our service group, Operation Healthy Heart went on a trip to visit the young children who used to have their heart complications.
Operation Healthy Heart is a group that aims to raise money in cooperation with Heartbeat Vietnam. We raised money to fund the less fortunate children’s surgeries. There are several children in Vietnam that lack the money to have proper treatment for their heart condition. The service group was originally the product of a PYP project done by Linnea Niklasson (Grade 12).
During the service trip members from the group went to the Cardiovascular Centre – E Hospital, along with gifts for the two children as well other children in the same ward. The first child that we met suffered from Pulmonic Regurgitation, this is where the pulmonary valve leaks and as a consequence blood flows back into the heart before it reaches the lungs for oxygen, however after multiple surgeries she is now much healthier and can go back to school.
The second child that we visited was much younger and she was still hospitalized when we went to see her. She suffered from Tricuspid atresia which is a heart valve defect, she has suffered from this since birth. She will go through additional surgeries to improve her condition.
From this visit, the members learnt the value and outcomes of all the work that we have done over the years. Throughout the year we have collected money through events such as the Winter Fest in December and selling popcorn during school plays.
We hope that the community will continue to support this group.
Anushka Biswas, Taku Shiwa and Thu Giang Pham (OHH service leaders)