October 28, 2013 by Cody
This is Ridha.
He is 8 months old and was born with an underdeveloped heart. Because it is underdeveloped, his heart is missing an entire valve. When a heart is missing a valve like Ridha’s, it goes into survival mode and creates two more defects in a last ditch effort to keep the heart pumping, and in this case—to keep Ridha alive.
It is a brilliant maneuver, but it doesn’t last. Ridha’s body isn’t getting the oxygen it needs to thrive, and because of that, he urgently needs a lifesaving surgery.
With two heart patches, sutures, and a team of skilled hands, our medical team is going to attempt to fully restore Ridha’s heart.
Ridha is being prepped for his operation right now—get ready, his story is far from over!
|Cody Fisher is the co-founder and Development Director of the Preemptive Love Coalition. He moved to Iraq in 2007 where he met his wife and since then they've been waging peace and mending hearts across Iraq. His passions are photography, peacemaking, and food that doesn't come out of a can. You can follow him on Twitter: