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Three more lives have been saved, thanks to the generosity of MEDRIX donors! Congenital heart defects are some of the most common birth defects globally, but it can still be a struggle to receive the care needed in areas of Vietnam. Surgery continues to be expensive, even when families qualify for government assistance. Treks to the nearest hospital that can perform the surgery, can be long and arduous through hundreds of kilometers of heavily forested and unpaved roads. Families are expected to provide their own food for the child while in hospital, and also provide for themselves in the “Big City” of Hue. These obstacles to care are daunting, and are simply unmanageable for some families if they do not have support.

MEDRIX is excited to have lifted those burdens for 3 families so far in 2017. Because of the support and donations of MEDRIX donors, three children will be able to grow up happy and healthy. They’ll be able to complete their education and have a promising future ahead of them, free of any heart health risks. Take a look at their pictures below. Thank you MEDRIX donors!!

Nga is a very sweet and calm 5 1/2 year old girl from Quang Binh Province, one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam that relies heavily on agriculture. Nga’s family holds a “poor card”, a card that determines eligibility for government subsidies. But despite having a poor card, families still must come up with some of the money for health care costs: costs that rise after a child turns 6. Nga’s family was desperate to not only save their daughter’s life, but to secure surgery before her 6th birthday in June, when the cost would rise even more. Thankfully, MEDRIX and several other nonprofit organizations were able to partner to sponsor little Nga’s heart surgery just in time for her to enroll in preschool. Her dad was tearing up talking with the MEDRIX team before the surgery, but Nga has been released from the hospital and is in good health!

Tu is a 2 1/2 year old boy living with his parents, siblings and grandparents also in Quang Binh. His parents were very worried about their finances and their “poor card” status. Tu’s father was a fisherman and his mom was a fish broker, but lost their jobs when a steel mill disaster dumped waste into the ocean and caused a scandal. His father now works on a daily basis as a laborer, but the future is uncertain. MEDRIX was very happy to support Tu and his family for life-saving heart surgery! Thank you, MEDRIX donors, for giving Tu a new chance at life!

Little Huong is barely 2 years old and needing a slightly more complex heart surgery to correct her congenital defects. She is a very bubbly and active toddler who was accompanied by her loving parents. Huong and her family live in very rural and mountainous Nam Dong District, where MEDRIX has promoted community health programs since 2006. Life in Nam Dong is very difficult with a lack of material goods and necessities. Huong’s father makes a very good living as a laborer compared to other families in Nam Dong, but Huong’s heart defects were more complex, making her surgery almost double of the other heart patients MEDRIX sponsored this year. Luckily we were able to partner with a few other nonprofit organizations in Vietnam to help Huong’s family cover the cost of her surgery. She was just released last week and is doing very well!

Thank you again to all of our supporters and donors that help change lives in Vietnam! Your generosity makes a big difference to many families, and we cannot thank you enough!

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MEDRIX is so fortunate to have several volunteer educators in Vietnam right now, leading workshops for our partners at National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi! We couldn’t have done it without the amazing volunteers who led our spring trip and shared invaluable information with our colleagues. Margui Rutherford, MEDRIX Board Member: taught workshop on psychological stress […] Read more

The MEDRIX Team recently received this touching letter from a recent heart surgery recipient, Ma Thi Thuy Hang, an 18 year old medical student. We want to share her inspiring story with our donors and supporters to let them know the enormous impact they’ve had on Ms. Hang’s life.  Dear the Donors, My name is […] Read more

Thousands of children in Vietnam younger than five years of age suffer from heart disease. Children’s heart disease is the most common birth defect globally and 90% of the children born in developing countries have no access to the care they need. For those who never receive heart surgery in childhood, a lifetime of a weak heart […] Read more

‘Tis the season…the holidays are upon us, and what an amazing year 2016 has been! Thanks to your generosity and support, MEDRIX was able to sponsor 22 life-saving heart surgeries this year: TWENTY TWO!! This was an unexpected but very appreciated gift that simply wouldn’t be possible without you.  The MEDRIX team and all of […] Read more

We recently shared with you the great success we’ve had in bringing safe water systems and education to rural villages in Vietnam. We were able to fully fund 31 LifeStraw safe water systems for rural communities in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam. The systems will be installed in preschools, primary schools and health clinics […] Read more

Thanks to the support of MEDRIX donors and partners, another community health workshop has wrapped up and its participants are eager to share their new knowledge within their communities! Recently health workers from Phu Loc District participated in a workshop that demonstrated how to safely care for expecting mothers and their newborns, especially regarding immunization […] Read more

MEDRIX and the Center for Preventative Medicine in TT Hue Province provide community health training workshops for teachers and parents. These workshops have been ongoing for several years, and strive to share basic community health standards and techniques such as drowning or choking hazards, epidemic prevention or safe water usage. The goal of these workshops […] Read more

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Last week we shared the story of Hung, who was approved for heart surgery sponsorship. He also got a new name: his given name represented conflict and hatred. MEDIX Executive Director LaRelle Catherman suggested a new name for him to go with his new lease on life: it was decided to call him Hung, which means […] Read more

Here is a report “from the field” by our Safe Water Director Robert Catherman, who is currently in Vietnam with the MEDRIX team and participated first-hand in heart patient interviews. Please read his account below, and thank you to our supporters for changing lives in Vietnam in ways that MEDRIX never even imagined. Today was […] Read more

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