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Children’s Heart Surgery Program

 
 
Dr. David Jester
Fortunately this young Vietnamese teenager, Vo Thi Nhu Trinh, from Thuy Binh Village near Hue, had her operation thanks to supporters of our Children’s Heart Surgery Program. In the words of VWAM’s Medical Director, Dr. David Jester, “This heart surgery drastically altered a life, giving this 15 year old child a chance at life because without the operation, she would have died!”

WANT TO BE PART OF A MIRACLE?

Since 1089, Vets With A Mission has implemented numerous humanitarian programs and projects in Viet Nam.  But one of its most important programs is the Children’s Heart Surgery Program. Ringtone Green Acres Cast free ringtones for t-mobile

The CHSP provides major cardiology procedures - often life saving operations-for children who otherwise would not receive them. The heart operations are done for “pennies on the dollar” when compared to the cost in the United States and Canada!

As an IRS approved 501(C) (3) charitable non-profit organization, your donation as a sponsor is fully tax deductible. VWAM,s in-country administrator assures accountability of both the patient and your gift.

It’s all part of what we do and who we are. As, St. Francis of Assisi said, “Wherever you go preach Christ, and if necessary, use words!”

HOW IS YOUR HEART SURGERY DONATION HANDLED?

When you make a gift to Vets With A Mission sponsoring a child’s heart procedure, your tax-deductible donation is deposited in its Medicine and Patient Services Fund, a designated account, and you will receive a gift acknowledgement receipt. Prior to a medical missions team departing for Viet Nam, the funds are transferred to an HSBC bank in Ho Chi Minh City, a secure private financial institution.

VWAM’s Executive Director approves all funds transfers for payment of any operation once documentation is received that verifies physical and hospital expenditures.

Prior to a transfer of funds from HSBC to the hospital bank account, VWAM’s in-country liaison again checks hospital and physical charges for accuracy before authorized funds are transferred for payment. An expense report is sent the VWAM Viet Nam office to the Vets With A Mission office in the United States.
 
Heart Patient 13 yr old Phan Thi Ngoc Anh with Father from Da Nang.
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Heart Patient 13 yr old Phan Thi Ngoc Anh with Father from Da Nang.
 

HOW IS SURGERY DONE AND WHY?

Years ago the only choice was to bring the patient to the United States or Canada. Now it is cost prohibitive and not necessary. That’s because heart surgeries take place in Viet Nam at Hue Medical College Hue Central Hospital by well-trained Vietnamese surgeons. Surgery is affordable with excellent follow-up care, and to date all surgeries have been successful and with out complications.

VWAM has sponsored dozens of heart operations but there are more children that need them. In fact over 900 children, teens and young adults are on Hue Medical College-Hue Central Hospitals “waiting list.” Money is a major problem for these poor families and one they rarely, if ever, solve. Their child is going to meet an early death unless there is a miracle.

Think of what is really important to you. One heart surgery sponsor said, “I have never felt better about the giving of my money than to this cause. I will carry the memory of this child in my own heart till the day I die.”

HOW ARE PATIENTS CHOSEN FOR HEART SURGERY?

In the words of Vets With A Mission’s Medical Director, Dr. David Jester, “it’s the policy of Vets With A Mission to screen patients and find that special patient. It is a patient who can’t afford it and otherwise wouldn’t get the surgery. It has to be surgery that will drastically alter their life, giving a child, teen or young adult a chance at life, because without the operation, the individual would die.”
 
 
Dr. Willis With Heart Patient Hong Ha.
Dr. Willis With Heart Patient Hong Ha.

HOW ARE PATIENTS SCREENED?

Vets With A Mission humanitarian medical teams offer free primary healthcare examinations for the poor. Typically a patient is one who does not have health insurance or access to health services. The patient’s vitals and history are taken in triage. The patient is then seen by one of our doctors. A diagnosis is made, treatment recommended, and prescriptions written. Prescriptions are filled from the VWAM Pharmacy, and if the medicine needed is not on hand, VWAM gets it for them “free of charge.”

If an operation is recommended the patient is sent to the hospital for further tests and confirmation of the diagnosis. VWAM pays for these test, hospitalization, and transportation assistance if needed. Once financial need is verified the patient is then notified of a heart surgery sponsorship. Arrangements are made with the Hue Medical College-Hue Central Hospital in Hue, Thua Thien province, to have the procedure done.
Vets With A Mission’s in-country liaison participates in this process from the very beginning. This person verifies costs, follows treatment, serves the patient and their family. When it’s time to “pay the bill” the entire family goes with VWAM’s representative to the hospital. That’s because we want them to understand the role of Vets With A Mission and the generosity of their sponsor.

It’s at this point VWAM’s rep shares the humanitarian and ministry reasons of “Why we do this for them?”

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US AS A HEART SURGERY SPONSOR

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