Fabiola and Christian’s overall quality of life was hindered due to a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. They couldn't participate in a lot of activities that normal teenagers do because their hearts just wouldn't allow it. That has all changed.
Stories from the Field
Ethiopia is the second largest nation in Africa by population with more than 96 million people -- half of them children. Realizing that a one-off medical mission would not make a dent, Healing the Children’s team decided to focus on improving quality and capacity in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Anesthesiology.
Local high school students produced a film about Healing the Children Northeast’s Medical Teams Abroad program. Through images and interviews with medical volunteers on overseas medical teams, they tell an inspiring and emotional story of the profound impact of Healing the Children’s efforts, a story of how a kind act by one person can change another’s life.
"That's a miracle. It's a miracle for the people who receive it, and it's a miracle for the people who donate it." - William Sadler
Initially, doctors thought he had cataracts and needed surgery. But his ultimate diagnosis ended up being a simpler fix―although just as crucial for his quality of life.
"This is going to change her life forever." A surgeon repairs 6-year-old Melissa Seide’s leg, injured in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti when she was a baby.
Kimberly was born with a significant hearing loss and did not have access to school like other children. When her mother died, and her father remarried, she was adopted by a local teacher who taught her sign language, and brought her to an HTC clinic while volunteering as an interpreter.
Anthony was born with the life-threatening congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot, making him appear slightly “blue” and causing eating difficulties and his failure to thrive. Without repair of this defect Anthony’s prognosis for survival was grim.