Dr. William Novick, ICHF Founder and Medical Director, operated on Reynerio Romero in October, 2006 in Nicaragua. The procedure Dr. Novick performed then to keep him alive was an atrial switch for Transposition of the Great Arteries. Now he is in school, studying well and playing with friends. The family has kept in touch with Dr. Novick and ICHF staff heart surgeon in Nicaragua, Dr. Kathleen Fenton, and always sends pics so we can watch Reynerio grow and thrive, leading the full life of a child.
Juan Pablito, as he is affectionately called, needed a pacemaker during a September Babyheart Mission. He had been waiting a long time and for three months never saw the outside of a hospital. The ICHF medical volunteers took him for a walk to get some fresh air and movement. He received his pacemaker in Guayaquil and experienced some difficulty as he clung to life and the medical staff worked valiantly to keep him alive. His body adjusted to the pacemaker and now he paid a visit to the Babyheart team on their latest trip to Guayaquil in November-December. He is happy, grateful, and full of life. Our team members, such as Frank Molloy and Becca Davenport were so happy to see him.
Juan and Reynerio’s stories are the rewards of your continuing donations. Continue to give to ICHF and continue to spread smiles like these!
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