Maddy’s grandmother did something very unseemly when she saw her grandson: she ran to him.
In the Middle East, older and respected members of society almost never run, but Maddy’s grandmother couldn’t help her self—her boy was well!
After being smothered with kisses and hugs, our little 300th child lay down to rest for another day or two before going home. He’s almost out, and there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping him from growing up.
Thank you for giving life to this little boy!
There are lots of ways to give this Christmas, but what better way than by helping save the life of a child?
You're reading this because you're already a making a difference—you've helped us save hundreds of lives in Iraq.
Here are three ways you can keep making a difference this Christmas:
#2: Party for life: Invite your friends over, crack open the eggnog, and save a life this Christmas. Each year parties are thrown to help raise awareness and money for heart surgeries in Iraq—talk about a great Christmas tradition!
You can also click here to throw an online party—a fundraising campaign to raise money with your friends. (When you start a campaign this month and let us know about it, we'll celebrate with you by mailing you a free Remaking The World tee!)
#3: Save a child, honor a friend: Give to a child in Iraq in honor of your friends and family this Christmas—just click here to donate give on behalf of a loved one. Then reply to this email and we'll send you a free PLC card to help you honor them!
So let the season begin, and join us in saving lives this Christmas!
I just wanted to drop a quick note saying ‘Happy Halloween’ and thanks to all of you who’ve helped the children pictured above (and the hundreds of others) continue living!
Remember our little check-list?
Well Zahraa has checked off everything and she and her family are ready to go home! We’re going to have her stay in the hospital just a bit longer to make sure she’s fully fit to leave. We’ll have another update for you once she’s leaving the hospital.
Keep reading. We’ll have more for you soon…
We’re back in Najaf for Remedy Mission XI, and the surgeries are underway!
Click the play button to meet our kind cardiologists (volunteers w/ the International Children’s Heart Foundation), and to hear more about their work so far.
Several children have now received operations and are doing well—we’ll introduce you to some of then soon.
This is the second of several operating room updates that we’ll be sending you, so keep watching and keep an eye on our Facebook page to see more!
Last February, we introduced you to Hussain and his father.
Now we’re in the hospital again after months of waiting, eager to see Hussain and his father come walking through our door. You gave toward his surgery in a big way, and now we want to show you what the money and encouraging notes were for. We’ve got more arm-wrestling, air soccer, and high fives ready for him, but, more importantly, we’ve got a lifesaving medical team that is eager to save him!
The video above is footage from Hussain’s last visit, but we’ll have fresh footage for you very soon. Keep watching!
August 25, 2012 by matt · Comments Off
Each month, PLC receives generous donations from a variety of sponsors, and we love to highlight these people because they are an important part of the Coalition. Their donations are used to provide kids with heart surgeries and to launch programs like our upcoming Remedy Fellowship program!
Angela Ferrara is one of these incredible donors, and she was gracious enough to share a little about herself in an interview:
1) Would you tell us a little about yourself. Occupation? Interests? Passions? Aspirations?
I’m an adventurer and a dreamer who loves traveling, living in different cities in the U.S., and experiencing other cultures abroad. I also enjoy music, poetry, nature, contemplation, and a good cup of coffee. I currently live in Seattle where I work as a nanny and volunteer with the refugee community. For almost a decade I’ve had a passion to help those who cannot help themselves, and I’m working toward being able to focus on this goal vocationally.
2) And how did you hear about the Preemptive Love Coalition?
I heard about PLC through an acquaintance, Josh Gigliotti, who I met at Cedarville University. I saw his Facebook posts while he was in Iraq and became extremely interested in the work PLC was doing there.
3) What motivates you toward compassion for Iraqi children?
Learning about what PLC does for children in Iraq has made me realize how vital their work is. It’s heartbreaking thinking about the condition these kids are in, but I am filled with hope when I read PLC’s blog and see the photos of the children post-surgery.
4) Is there anything you would like to tell the rest of the Coalition? Any rally cries, encouragements, or challenges?
PLC’s love and dedication for the children and people of Iraq is such a beautiful and tangible expression of the heart of God, providing hope for the hopeless. Let’s love with them!
We’re so thankful to Angela for her commitment to saving the children of Iraq! Stick with us for this next week of blogging goodness; we’ve got our eleventh Remedy Mission and our second mission to the holy city of Najaf coming up—great things are ahead!
My friend Mohammed is back!
Mohammed made me feel so welcomed when we first arrived, and I’ve missed him as he’s been out of the hospital these last few days. But now he’s back and brightening everyone’s day with his contagious smile!
Besides seeing my new friend again, something else has me smiling all day: hearing that Mohammed is scheduled for surgery this week!
Each kid we meet here captures our hearts, but there’s something extra special about hearing how the remedy is coming to a little boy or girl you have a personal connection with. I can’t even imagine how special the feeling of hope and excitement must be for each of these kids, their parents, families, friends, and communities all over Iraq.
Thank you for bringing that feeling of hope to Iraq, and to my little friend Mohammed!
He’s one day closer to his remedy. Get ready!
Mohammad Fwad’s Surgery Post-Poned until Monday; We Plan Future Remedy Missions to Eradicate the Backlog
August 22, 2010 by Cody · Comments Off
On my taxi ride home tonight I thought through what needed to end up on our blog before we ended our day. Some days that’s an easy question to answer because of what happened, whether it was multiple surgeries to celebrate, or the full recovery of yet another child. Today, both of those things happened and we’re thrilled about it! But what made today hard was when we heard that Mohammed’s surgery was pushed back yet another day.
Mohammed, his family, and all of us expected his surgery to take place last Friday. Unfortunately, we couldn’t know how long each surgery would last and we couldn’t anticipate the local shortage of blood products; the limited supply of certain medical instruments; or an influx of emergency cases that have come seeking Remedy. In any case, Mohammed’s surgery was pushed to Saturday. Then it was pushed to Sunday. It’s 10:30 PM on Sunday night and Mohammed must wait yet another day to be admitted to surgery.
Mohammed is not being overlooked. In fact, it’s because our team from the International Children’s Heart Foundation refuses to overlook any child or settle for anything less than the best that certain children have required more time and attention than originally planned. It’s because of this team that each child has received a near perfect correction and followthrough each day, no matter what the expense and no matter how long it takes.
But that doesn’t make it any easier for Mohammed’s mother and father as they grow weary of waiting. It’s certainly not easy for two year old Mohammed who wasn’t allowed to eat or drink for 12 hours today as his surgery was delayed and then post-poned.
“When will you save my son?” I heard it repeatedly today. It wasn’t out of anger or bitterness, it was simply a mother who cares so deeply and longs for the healing of her son. If I was in her position, I doubt I would respond with such grace; especially if the person across from me couldn’t give an answer.
Mohammed is scheduled to receive surgery tomorrow (Monday), but even when he receives his surgery there are still so many more that are waiting and hoping for another Remedy Mission. Even if we were able to operate on 50 children this week, we would still have to turn people away at the door. If we operated on 1,000 kids, more would still have to wait.
It breaks our hearts a thousand times over, but at the same time it makes our hearts stronger. It strengthens our resolve and lights a fire within us to continue to do what we’re doing. We refuse to be content in a country that has a backlog of thousands of children who are in desperate need of heart surgery. We refuse to sit by and let them die. We can not accept the fact that there isn’t enough training among Iraqi doctors to save these children.
We believe that these Remedy Missions are the missing link we’ve been reaching for these last three years. And we believe we can work together with the people of Iraq and with the rest of the world to train Iraqi surgeons to care for their own so that we do not just address the backlog of Iraqi children waiting for surgery as we know it today, but rather work toward serving every child from this point forward who is born with a heart defect. We can help empower and strengthen local doctors and nurses and this first Remedy Mission makes it clear that YOU can continue to make this a reality.
Kids like Mohammed are the reason why we are already dreaming and beginning to plan future Remedy Missions across Iraq. And they are the reason we are raising money for not just one more Remedy Mission, but for dozens in the coming years.
So we are fighting for Mohammed and his parents today and we will fight for another child and his family the next day and we plan to keep on fighting until every Iraqi family has access to the lifesaving heart surgeries that their children need to live.
Will you donate below to make these parents’ beautiful dreams a reality?
Remedy Missions are international pediatric heart surgery teams that we bring to Iraq to to perform lifesaving heart surgeries and develop the infrastructure for the future. If you’re on Twitter this week be sure to use the #Remedy or #RemedyMission hashtag to describe all the good news coming out of Iraq this week via @preemptivelove and @babyheart_org. If you’re on Facebook, “Share” this story with the button below.
June 8, 2010 by Lydia · Comments Off
This is Bala. She is a completely healthy 13 year old who loves life! While PLC actively works to eradicate the waiting list of Iraqi children suffering from heart disease we’re also working in and among local Iraqi communities to promote messages of love and peace.