Albuquerque Volunteers Provide Life-Saving Heart Surgery for a Little Girl from Kosovo
"Ardita came here for a second chance to live, but this has also been life-changing for us," said Paulette Seib of Albuquerque, who is hosting the Kosovo child during her stay. "We have received so much more than we have given."
A healthy two-year-old girl and her grateful mother will fly thousands of miles home to Kosovo after life-saving heart surgery, thanks to the help of a caring Albuquerque community and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.
Ardita Krasniqi, a 2-year-old girl, was born with a life-threatening heart defect that could not be corrected by doctors in her country. International relief organization Samaritan's Purse brought Ardita, her mother and an interpreter to the United States for surgery through its Children's Heart Project, and coordinated community efforts with Albuquerque's Presbyterian Hospital, Grace Church of Albuquerque and a local host family. After a month in New Mexico, Ardita and her mother will prepare to travel home with new hope and a second chance at life.
INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
What: Interview those who made heart surgery possible for Ardita Krasniqi
Where: Home of Mike and Paulette Seib
Two-year-old Ardita Krasniqi of Kosovo
Suzana Shatri (Ardita's mother from Kosovo)
Representative from Samaritan's Purse
Mike & Paulette Seib (Albuquerque host family)
Representative from Grace Church of Albuquerque
Representatives from Albuquerque's Presbyterian Hospital
Flora Vilaj of Kosovo (interpreter)