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.


  • What: Interview those who made heart surgery possible for Ardita Krasniqi

  • When: Noew

  • Where: Home of Mike and Paulette Seib

  • Who:

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)


  • More than 400 children from nine countries have been brought to North America by the Children's Heart Project of Samaritan's Purse for medical and surgical care not available in their home countries.

  • 54 hospitals in North America have participated in the Children's Heart ProjectAlbuquerque's Presbyterian Hospital donated its facilities for the recent surgery. Surgeons and caregivers of the hospital donated their time and services to make the project possible.

  • The Children's Heart Project identifies children overseas who need heart surgery, matches them with hospitals and specialists willing to donate their time and services, places them with a host family in the community, and arranges international travel.

  • The Children's Heart Project is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham that works in more than 100 countries around the world. Samaritan's Purse has also provided doctors and hospitals overseas with equipment and training to diagnose and treat children with heart defects.