Meet Lovely Agnes
Agnes is just 6-month-old. She has Down's syndrome, and about two months ago, she was diagnosed with Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) - a persistent opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart.
According to Lucy, her mother, Agnes, is the darling of her two older siblings.
"They both love Agnes so much," said Lucy in a conversation with our Kabir Miah, Programmes Manager Muntada Aid.
Our team are treating Agnes as we write this update, and we wish her all best.
Do You Know?
Each year an estimated 1.5 million children are born with Congenital Heart Defects.
10% of babies born with CHD out of 1.5 million do not survive their first year of life
About Little Hearts Programme
Our Little Hearts project provides free life-saving heart surgery to babies and children with Congenital Heart Defects from underprivileged families irrespective of gender, race or religion.
Since 2012, the Little Heart team has travelled to 10 different countries carrying out over 22,00 operations and interventions on children. The mission to Kenya is our 35th deployment.
About Mission No. 35
The mission started on the 13th and will continue until 17th December at Coast General hospital Mombasa.
We are aiming to treat 30-40 children during this deployment.
During our first deployment in Kenya, our team carried out 35 interventions earlier in July 2021.
"During our first mission, we found that there is a greater need for such deployments in Kenya. Mombasa is home to over a million people with no paediatric interventional care available to children. Our long-term objective is to build human resources capacity in Kenya so that local doctors can carry out these interventions, " said Kabir Miah, Programmes Manager at Muntada Aid.