Healed Hearts Together

14th June 2023

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After undergoing heart surgery in the Cayman Islands through Children’s Heart Project, Fatima and her 2-year-old daughter, Maria, can live a normal life with hope and purpose.

A young Bolivian mother was introduced to Children’s Heart Project, a medical ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, when her young daughter was in critical need of medical attention. Fatima Ramos Cardozo and her daughter, Maria, suffer from the same heart disease: atrial septal defect, a heart defect in which there is a hole in the heart’s wall that separates the upper chambers. Through the meticulous care of doctors who partner with Samaritan’s Purse, Fatima and her 2-year-old daughter live with hope for the first time.

“I feel happy and thankful that my daughter will not have to live like I had to,” Fatima said, reflecting on the surgery. “It’s like a weight that has been lifted from me.”

Originally only intending to treat Maria, the staff at Health City in the Cayman Islands quickly realised that Fatima desperately needed surgery as well. Since she is still under the age of 18, Fatima qualified for heart surgery with Children’s Heart Project alongside her young daughter.

Chief Surgeon Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil operated on Fatima and Maria the same day. After successful surgeries, the mother and daughter no longer have to live in fear and doubt but can thank God for the heart pumping in their chests.

Fatima and her mother, Pura, both also accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, healing their hearts for eternity.

“The power of God exists,” Pura said with tears in her eyes. “I want to give thanks to Him, always to Him first.”

  • Fatima (left) and her daughter Maria (right) suffer from the same fatal heart condition: atrial septal defect.
    Fatima (left) and her daughter Maria (right) suffer from the same fatal heart condition: atrial septal defect.

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