ONE grandfather walked 25km, all the way from Kanakantapa to the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka to receive a grandson named after him who was arriving from New Delhi, India.
Before his trip to New Delhi, the boy, aged 10, was often left under the care of his grandfather because he could not play with his friends due to his heart condition. Most of the time, he would run out of breath and his tongue would turn blue due to low oxygen supply. When the boy ran to his grandfather at the arrivals area at KKIA, the man was so overwhelmed that he fell to the ground with tears of joy streaming down on his face. He was filled with emotion because he had never seen his grandson running, so that alone was a sign that the boy was doing well.
This is just one of the stories from families whose children are affected by CHD who have no access to care in the countries they live in. Through working with our partners, we not only are bringing hope to the children in need, but also to their families.
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