Lisa, the baby who wasn't growing


Lisa, our first ever child from East Timor, was 6 months old when she arrived in Israel for life-saving heart surgery in May 2015. She is a bright and alert baby, interested and aware of her surroundings. Physically however, she was tiny when she arrived, the size of a newborn rather than a six month old baby.

 

When Lisa arrived she was alert but very small

When Lisa arrived she was alert but very small

 It was Lisa’s failure to grow which alerted her parents to a health problem. The village her family lives in provides only basic health services and doctors were unable to diagnose why Lisa was not growing. Lisa’s parents started to search for answers. East Timor does not have many specialist doctors and Lisa’s parents had to look hard to find an answer.

 

Gift of Life International referred Lisa to Save a Child’s Heart to undergo life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel

Gift of Life International referred Lisa to Save a Child’s Heart to undergo life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel

In April 2015 Lisa was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at the Bairo Pite Clinic. With the intervention of Gift of Life International, Lisa was referred to Save a Child’s Heart to undergo life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center and on May 13 2015 Lisa and her mother, accompanied by a translator, arrived in Israel after a long journey from their small village.

 

 Not only is Lisa our first ever child from East Timor, East Timor is now our 50th partner country.

Lisa and her mom, Joanina, before Lisa goes in for life-saving heart surgery

Lisa and her mom, Joanina, before Lisa goes in for life-saving heart surgery

 

Five days later, Lisa underwent her surgery performed by Dr. Lior Sasson and Dr. Yayu Mekonnen who is training at the Wolfson Medical Center to become Ethiopia’s first pediatric cardiac surgeon

  

Dr. Lior Sasson and Dr. Yayu Mekonnen performing life-saving heart surgery on Lisa

Dr. Lior Sasson and Dr. Yayu Mekonnen performing life-saving heart surgery on Lisa

 

Lisa is recovering well. She has put on weight and a week after surgery arrived at the SACH Children’s Home in Holon to recuperate. A few days later, with a mended heart and already beginning to put on weight, she returned home. 

 

Dr. Sion Houri, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, gives Lisa her medication

Dr. Sion Houri, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, gives Lisa her medication

 

 

Lisa is putting on weight and is healthy and happy

Lisa is putting on weight and is healthy and happy

Congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. If left untreated many children with congenital heart disease will not reach adulthood.
 Sadly, there are thousands of children in the developing world who simply do not have access to the medical care they need. Save a Child’s Heart treats these children for no charge.
 Every donation, no matter how small or large can help us save more children’s lives.

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Photos by Sheila Shalhevet 












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