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Meet Fatima and her grandmother.

Fatima is five years old and lives in a small village in southern Iraq. They say that it takes a village to raise a child. This couldn’t be more accurate for Fatima and if the childrens’ ward could hold a village in the waiting room, they would be there.

Fatima’s story is identical to Ahmed’s, Ritha’s, and Haydar’s, in that they were all born with a heart defect and all their parents were told the same thing, that their child couldn’t be helped in Iraq.

They could always send Fatima overseas to be treated but that alone could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Even for an entire village, that cost is too high.

But thankfully for Fatima and dozens of others that are here in the hospital waiting for surgery, another “village” sent their doctors and nurses over to help. But even that “village” couldn’t have gone on their own because the costs were too high. That’s why it took a global village to help make Fatima’s wait in the childrens’ ward a reality.

So from one village to another, Fatima and her grandmother can’t even put in words how grateful they are for people out there who care. People who care enough to give. People who care enough to come.

On behalf of all of us at Preemptive Love, thanks for saving Fatima today.

Remedy Missions are international pediatric heart surgery teams that we bring to Iraq to perform lifesaving heart surgeries and develop the infrastructure for the future. This Remedy Mission is made possible by the Vice President of Iraq, Living Light International, and the International Children’s Heart Foundation. If you’re on Twitter this week be sure to use the #RemedyMission hashtag to describe all the good news coming out of Iraq via @preemptivelove and @babyheart_org. If you’re on Facebook, “Share” this story with the button below.

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