Our Children

Paradise Lost, and Regained– The Holness family of Jamaica – Michael, ShellyAnn, and their two young daughters, Natasha and Antonique – live in a lush village, nestled in the rolling hills west of Montego Bay. It looks like paradise – until you take a closer look. . . click here to read more

The Trials of Lirjon Rexhaj

At the tender age of seven, Lirjon Rexhaj has experienced more heartbreak than most of us witness in a lifetime. Lirjon was born in the Kosovo republic of Yugoslavia, right in the middle of the ethnic, religious, and regional battles that engulfed the Balkan states in the 1990s.

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Chika Ike’s Experience

On Wednesday, September 23, 2002 NYU Medical Center’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stephen B. Colvin, MD, performed life-saving heart surgery on Chika Ike, a 16 year-old girl from Nigeria. The child developed severe valvular heart disease as a result of contracting rheumatic fever when she was 7 years old. Born in Otolo – Nnewi, a remote village in Southeastern Nigeria, regional hospitals were unequipped to perform the life-saving heart surgery she needed to survive. Over the past year her condition became increasingly critical and an urgent appeal was made to the Nigerian community both here and abroad.

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Deepak’s Experience

Deepak is from Guyana, one of the poorest countries in South America. Rheumatic fever, rare in the United States, is a common occurrence in Deepak’s world. Poverty is its underlying cause, a disease of deprivation that erodes the health status of the Guyanese population, and especially its children.

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Bra’a Hussein’s Experience

Four-year old Bra’a Hussein’s heart will never be the same following recent surgery at NYU Medical Center to correct a highly complex congenital heart condition called tetralogy of fallot. The abnormality, which is comprised of four heart defects, starved the little girl’s body of oxygen, causing her to pass out and nearly die on several occasions. Dr. Stephen Colvin, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-founder of Project Kids Worldwide, performed the five-hour surgery on the child who traveled with her mother, Najwa, thousands of miles from their war-torn home of Baghdad.

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