Gift of Life Stories

Fathima Hafsa, 3.3 years, female, Sri Lanka

Robert Raylman - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
There was yet another child from Sri Lanka namely Fathima Hafsa, 3.3 years, female, who came to Delhi for open heart surgery on 18 February 2014. She was from a remote area – Kalmunai, in the east part of Sri Lanka. After successful surgery and recuperation, they left for their native place in Sri Lanka in March 2014. This case was referred to us by Rtn Dinal Peiris, Rotary Club of Col ..

Tenzin Yangzom, female, 4 years, Tibetan Government in Exile

Robert Raylman - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tenzin Yangzom, female, 4 years, daughter of Tashi Phuntsok working for the Central Tibetan Administration, Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama (Tibetan Government in Exile). was another International child who came to Delhi. After successful open heat surgery under Gift of Life, Tenzin returned to his native place in February 2014.  ..

Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude, 10 months, female, Nigeria

Robert Raylman - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
10 months old girl child Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude from Magboro, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria, escorted by her mother Funmilola Tinuolaji Fakehinde will reach Delhi for undergoing open heart surgery ‘free of cost’ under Gift of Life project on 14 July 2014 at 9 a.m. at Delhi Intl airport. Ngozichukwu Leah Ogwude has been referred to India Gift of Life program by  ..

Simon Sausande, 11 months, male, Zambia

Robert Raylman - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This year another child from Africa namely Simon, 11 months, male from, Lusaka, Zambia underwent successful open heart surgery to cure his congenital heart diseases under ‘Gift of Life’ program at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi. Simon was escorted by his parents Japhet Sausande and Suzen Chunga reached New Delhi on 2 February 2014. The case was referred to u ..

Kezia Munir, 5 years, female, Lahore, Pakistan

Robert Raylman - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Kezia Munir escorted by her parents Munir and Fauzia reached Delhi from Lahore (Pakistan) on 11 July 2014 by Lahore-Delhi bus. The child is undergoing evaluation at Escorts Hospital on 12 July 2014 while writing this mail. Kezia Munir was suffering from heart problem since birth. She belongs to economically disadvantaged family in Lahore, Pakistan. Her father Munir Masih is work ..

Simon From Zambia

Robert Raylman - Saturday, March 22, 2014
I first learned of Simon's condition in February 2013 while visiting on of our rural schools in Kafue, Zambia. His father was persistent in trying to help his baby. However, Simon's life was declining rapidly. He was diagnosed with VSD. and after I saw his medical report, I know he could not live much longer. He had not gained weight for months and was now approaching a 1 year old. It wa ..

Gift of Life Celebrates 10,000 Children Saved!

Marisa Brayman - Friday, October 18, 2013
When 29-year old Robbie Donno came to his weekly Rotary meeting in the summer of 1975, he had a modest idea in mind to help save the life of a single child in Uganda. At that time, Robbie could not have envisioned that his plan would evolve into a worldwide movement ultimately responsible for saving the lives of thousands of children around the world. That year, with the help of his fellow Ma ..

Jonathan Olunga: Our 10,000th Miracle

Marisa Brayman - Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Jonathan is the sixth born in a family of 7 children (3 boys and 4 girls). Born on 28th December 1995 he will be 12 years old this coming December. He is in 5th grade and attends Biotech primary school in Kampala. Like most children who suffer from his illnesses, Jonathan is lagging behind two years in his education. Due to his frequently being ill, he has been missing school. Many times he ends u ..

Full Circle: A Child's Story

Marisa Brayman - Sunday, September 22, 2013
Brett Halvorson (Lee Kil Woo) My name is Brett Halvorson. I was born in South Korea as Lee Kil Woo. In 1983, I was brought over to the United States by President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and Harriet Hodges on Air Force One when I was 4 years old to have open heart surgery through the Gift of Life. Shortly after my surgery, I was adopted by an American family. After the adoption ..

A Host Family's Story

Marisa Brayman - Monday, September 02, 2013
Barbara Chicollo, Host for Marlon Johnson (10 months of age) from Jamaica, December 2008 My heart breaks every time I see a sick child, but even more so when I hear that they cannot get treatment for one reason or another. I heard about Gift of Life several years ago, so when it came time to choose a charity for the Long Island Chapter of the Caribbean Tourism Organization to donate proceeds ..