A Father, A Daughter and Gratitude
No story better illustrates the power of a “global village” to keep a child alive than the story of Beatrice. Having already been diagnosed with congenital heart disease, she first came to FAME on Sept. 1, 2008, at age five. After confirming a leaky heart valve on a cardiac echo, the FAME team began providing her with the long-term care she needed to buy time, continue in school, and live a reasonably normal life. Finally, in 2016 she was bumped up on the government waiting list and scheduled for surgery at the new heart institute in Dar es Salaam, 488 miles away.
Beatrice and her father came by FAME earlier this year to say THANK YOU to FAME and those who support our work. Their words were translated from Kiswahili to English by Angel, the FAME social worker…
We at FAME would like to thank all our international donors and the Rotary Club of Arusha, for financing Beatrice’s long-term care and finally her surgery in Dar es Salaam. We would like to thank our own Dr. Gabriel for providing such conscientious medical care for Beatrice and for helping her father navigate the complex system that would ultimately get her the surgery she needed in her home country. And we would like to thank the many volunteers, especially Dr. Reed Shnider and Marjorie Boor, for keeping a close eye on her condition over the years, providing expert advice from near and far and never ever giving up.