During my time at Save a Child’s Heart, I documented my experience with a (almost) daily Facebook post and would like to share them with you here!
Day #2 (June 5th, 2017)
Another end to an even better day! We had 3 groups visit today through the morning and afternoon – so, needless to say, the children (and myself) are pretty worn out! But, it was great to see the spread of SACH’s mission and how it has affected so many other people’s lives!
Day #3 (June 6th, 2017)
Today I got to help volunteer in a different aspect of Save a Child’s Heart. Today, I was at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center helping box supplies of relief packages for medical mission trips – this one being to Ethiopia. SACH doesn’t only take care of children with heart defects, but also travels to other countries to help their people live and have access to better forms of medicine; treating all sorts of disease and illness. These trips also help SACH connect to more children who have heart defects and will need surgery here in Israel!
Day #4 (June 7th, 2017)
Today was a very special and unique day for Save a Child’s Heart and the SACH House. Today we were visited by Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia!
He was very kind and had great words of support and encouragement towards Save a Child’s Heart and what we have done, are doing, and will do for the children of his country and so many others!
Day #7 (June 10th, 2017)
It’s been such a great first week here in Israel! It’s gone by so fast! Today was Shabbat here in Israel, so most places are closed up and everyone spends time off work with family and friends. Here at the House, we kept the same schedule, but Yabets, a 5 year old from Ethiopia, went to the hospital today and is scheduled to have his surgery tomorrow! We all wish him luck!
Day #9 (June 12th, 2017)
Today was absolutely amazing. I literally watched a beating heart be stopped, be repaired, and then start beating again. I’m really not sure how to explain how that felt – just amazing. Plus, even more special, this open-heart surgery was my first time in an OR and watching a surgery!
I was right there at the table with the surgeons in the OR with a “50-yard-line” view of the entire 6 hour procedure. The procedure, a truncus arteriosus & VSD repair, had a few complications, but the Save a Child’s Heart/Wolfson Medical surgeons did an absolutely fantastic job during the surgery and talking to me about what they were doing, why, and answering questions. I couldn’t have been any closer other than doing the procedure myself.
Again, today was just amazing and something that I definitely will never forget!
Day #11 (June 14th, 2017)
This morning I was back at the hospital packing medical mission supplies! I also visited Sambou whose surgery was unfortunately postponed today due to another emergency procedure, but he seemed to understand and was happy to see me come take him to play!
Once back at the House in the afternoon, we had a local high school group come who had bubbles, balls, and a bunch of crafts and they stayed for most of the afternoon!
Once they had left, we ate and watched the Lion King! It was a very nice day and I’m so amazed by how fast my time here as gone! Only 2 days left 😦
Also, I do want to thank the new donors from today! Your donation is going to a very worthy cause and the kids and I are so thankful!
Day #13 (June 17th, 2017)
Isaiah 61:1 says, “He hath sent me to heal up the broken-hearted”, and I think that is exactly what I have helped do these past two weeks at the Save a Child’s Heart Children’s Home!
It has been the absolute best experience! The children are great, the mothers are so kind, the staff is amazing, and the organization is doing a wonderful thing for these and more children around the globe!
For my time here, SACH has given 12 children life-saving surgeries, has sent 6 healthy children back home, is currently helping 26 others wait for their surgery, and has changed my perspective in what I, as one person, can do for others!
Tomorrow I will have a hard goodbye, but I know that the kids are in great hands. They have left me with a better heart than I came with and I know that I will never forget it.
Don’t underestimate what you can do for the world because who knows, you could even save a child’s heart!