October 31, 2012
On one of my recent visits to Save a Child's Heart, I met Sara, a 5 year-old girl from El Salvador who suffered from congenial heart disease and had traveled half-way around the world to undergo surgery in Israel. She was there with her mother, but neither spoke English, and since I spoke Spanish I was one of the only people they were able to communicate with. I listed as Sarah's mom told the story of how Sarah struggled to run and play with the other kids in their small town, and how it was only when a doctor visiting for the weekly clinic happened to be a cardiologist and understand that Sarah needed heart surgery that she was brought to the capital, San Salvador, and from there able to go to Israel for the surgery she needed to save her life. I spent days playing with Sarah as she recovered from the surgery, and speaking her mom about their life back home and their experience in Israel. When Sarah's mom told me that she was so happy to see her daughter smiling and laughing and simply playing with the other kids, it melted my heart. I support SACH because it is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation. SACH does amazing things around the world - training doctors and nurses from developing countries in Israel and leading medical missions to partnering countries to improve the local expertise and build centers of competence. By mending the hearts of children, regardless of their origin, SACH is contributing to a better and more peaceful future for all
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