Mongolian Kids Get Second Chance at Life Through Critical Surgeries in Texas

Samaritan's Purse Partners with Methodist Children's Hospital to Save Lives

Two weeks ago, Misheel Ganbold and Genka Alip were living in places that couldn't provide them with running water, much less the heart surgery they desperately needed. Now, thanks to relief organizationSamaritan's Purse, the donated services of Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas, and community support, they will soon return home with new hope and repaired hearts. 

Misheel and Genka were born with heart defects that threatened their lives. The surgery they needed was not available in Mongolia, so Samaritan's Purse arranged for them to receive medical care in the United States. Following successful surgeries on July 20, the girls and their families are recovering in San Antonio as they are cared for by physicians at the Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas and a host family from the area. 
 "We are just so blessed to have this opportunity," said Nancy Hanson, who, along with her husband, has hosted four families through the Children's Heart Project, a project of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse. "The first thing that Genka said when she awoke from her surgery was, 'Thank you'."
 Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, launched the Children's Heart Project 10 years ago to bring children with heart defects to North America for surgery not available in their native countries. Samaritan's Purse arranged the trip from Mongolia for the girls, a few of their family members and an interpreter. The organization also helped coordinate details with the hospital, doctors and host family.
 With the help of Calvary Chapel of San Antonio and a host family, Misheel and Genka have been given a home away from home this summer. Misheel, Genka and their family members are scheduled to return to Mongolia in late August.

  • Since January 2006, the Samaritan's Purse Children's Heart Project has brought more than 400 children with life-threatening heart defects to North America for medical care.
  • Children are identified by Samaritan's Purse and matched with hospitals and surgeons willing to donate their time and services.
  • The children have come from nine countries, including Kosovo, Mongolia, Uganda and Honduras and there are plans to expand into other areas of the world where treatment is unavailable.
  • 53 hospitals in North America have participated in the Children's Heart Project and the Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas is an active participant - donating services for eight surgeries.
  • Samaritan's Purse has also provided doctors and hospitals overseas with equipment and training to diagnose and treat children with heart defects.

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