As we head into February and our thoughts turn to all things hearts, I am honored and excited to be working for HeartGift. As a dietitian, I know the effect heart conditions can have on children not only nutritionally but also in terms of quality of life.
HeartGift although not a new organization, is new to Fort Worth. A collaboration of volunteer physicians, Cook Children’s Health Care System and a dedicated Board of Directors work to provide funding, coordination of care, and medical services for children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) living in developing countries where specialized medical intervention is scare or nonexistent. Established in July of 2000, the Foundation began its work in Austin, Texas.
Upon reaching that community and hospital's capacity, HeartGift began forming chapters in other cities in 2008. Chapters are located in Austin, San Antonio, Louisiana, Houston and now, Fort Worth. The HeartGift Foundation has served more than 170 children from more than 24 countries on five continents.
Also fitting to Heart Month, our next patient arrives in early February. Jamar is a 6-month-old beautiful, baby boy. As you can see from his photo, Jamar greets everyone with excitement and knows no strangers. His surgery will optimize the normal delivery of oxygen to his body so he can grow big and strong.
HeartGift surgeries happen due to the heartfelt gifts from “Angels” who sponsor the child and donations. This year as you consider your Valentine, why not give a HeartGift donation in their name? Your donation will help children like Jamar get a life saving heart surgery.
HeartGift Fort Worth offices are located in the renovated area of Magnolia just south of the hospital district of Fort Worth in the Schaefer Advertising building. The address of the office is 1228 S. Adams Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104. Our website is www.heartgift.org or call: 817-372-8408 to find out more.