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Anthony from El Salvador

Anthony with his brother
Anthony with his big brother in El Salvador

Anthony is one of Healing the Children Southwest Chapter’s international success stories for 2015. From El Salvador, 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.

In November of 2015 at 13 months old Anthony arrived in Albuquerque, NM from El Salvador. His life-saving cardiac surgery was donated by Presbyterian Hospital cardiac surgeon Dr. Carl Lagerstrom who has donated his surgical skills to HTCSW for over fifteen years. Anthony's stay in Albuquerque was supported by a team of loving, committed doctors, nurses, administrators and community members. Our late, beloved board member and “HTC Warrior” Bobbye Krehbiel and the current President of HTCSW, Dr. Rifka Stern, coordinated Anthony’s visit.

During his six weeks in Albuquerque, Anthony and his mother lived with local host Louise Kahn CRNA. Anthony became a bit of a local celebrity and was recognized around town after he was featured on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal newspaper and on the local Univision network. Anthony’s surgical outcome was deemed a huge success and local chapter members had the pleasure of meeting him at a dinner where he charmed everyone with his playful grin and wily charms.

One month after returning home to El Salvador, Anthony’s mother reported that he was eating heartily, thriving and reaching many new developmental milestones... and enjoying life with his older brother.

Anthony post-op

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