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.
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