This is 2 1/2 year old Kimberly who lives about 5 hours north of Cuenca. She was born with an extra vein between her heart and lungs, causing oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix. This in turn caused her lungs to work overtime to provide her little body with enough oxygen rich blood.
Without this surgery, Kimberly's long term prospects was not very promising
HKIE was contacted by Dr Rodrigo Mendoza and Dra Semeramis Portillo of Hospital del Rio. They explained Kimberly's condition and the inabliity of the parents to pay for heart surgery. Kimberly had her surgery (which cut and sutured both ends of the extra vein) on Tuesday and she is now on her way home to live a normal and healthy life.
Pictured is part of the cardiology team...left to right Dr Mendoza, Dra Portillo, Dr. Juan Flores, Kimberly and mom. Not shown: Dra Cristina Vintimilla and Dr Guillermo Lopez.
HKIE and the family want to sincerely thank Hospital del Rio and the doctors for giving HKIE a significant discount for this surgery and of course huge thanks to our supporters, without whom this would not have happened.
A huge huge thank you goes out to Dr Pablo for working with the hospital administration and the surgical team to make this surgery a reality.