Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thursday July 21 at 6 pm o'clock, Team Heart will host Jane O'Connor to speak at our kick-off 2011-2012 orientation series in preparation for our February 2012 trip. Jane is the past prinicipal and advisor for Maranyundo School for girls in Nyamata and has been involved in every aspect of building, opening the school and transitioning the school to Rwanda.

Please join us for this opportunity to hear about her experience and how it can help us as we transition to a sustainable program.

Wach here for posting of location in the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Patient Follow-UP

Team Heart is very proud to have received the grade certificate of Jean Damascene, mitral valve replacement surgery 2008, studying in India in his first year --excelling in mathematics and physics on his way to MS in Computer Science. He was one sick young man in April of 2008. The valve replacement was just one part of survival--rebuilding a life after 10 years of severe illness is another. The courage to pursue his education in another country with little chance of returning home until completed is an indication of his commitment to do what it takes. Photographed here in 2010, he stands between ICU nurse Leslie Sabatino, and I with Jean Paul, an aortic valve replacement from 2008. Egidia and Suellen, from the step-down are also part of the happy group.

This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being part of this Team Heart project. Of course we like to see the patients recover in the hospital and go home. But, to also see them three years later rebuilding and improving their lives is wonderful. Congratulations for the hard work all of our patients put in to rebuild their lives in farming, business, classroom and the home.