Babies with a critical CHD need surgery or other procedures in the first year of life.
Partner with leading medical institutions to improve the
prenatal detection of congenital heart disease.
We help families with children suffering from congenital heart disease by
providing financial support. We also strive to raise awareness
of CHD -- with the end goal of improving the outcomes for those affected by CHD.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
The Lozano's will never forget the day they received confirmation that their little boy would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) or half a heart.
Due to the high risk pregnancy and any possible complications, they were relocated to Los Angeles 3 weeks prior to delivery. They were in a new town miles away from friends and family and about to hand over their precious son Camilo to his surgeon for his 1st open heart surgery at just 5 days old. Emotions ran high, feeling lost, scared and alone. After a long day at the hospital they returned to the Ronald McDonald house where they received a package from Hopeful Hearts Foundation. A package full of love and understanding. It was reassuring to know that they had a Foundation that was standing behind them with lots of love and support. In the months that followed Camilo went on to have two additional open heart surgeries with Hopeful Hearts Foundation at their side.
Camilo is currently doing well and working on reaching all his milestones. He currently awaits 1 more open heart surgery.
Four year old Moriah was born with a very challenged heart: Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia, MAPCAs and Charge Syndrome. After enduring multiple procedures by the age of two, Moriah's parents were told that there was nothing more that could be done to help her.
Not willing to accept that grim prognosis, the family found a surgeon who would perform the surgery; but he was in northern California, meaning they had to leave their jobs and home in southern California -- which they did. Moriah was in the hospital for more than a year as she endured countless procedures and many open heart surgeries. Needless to say, the emotional and financial impact on the family was profound. Hopeful Hearts was able to help the Nelsons by providing funds for lodging, utilities, groceries and care packages, as well as helping the family transition into a long-term rental.
Moriah is at home with her parents now, growing stronger eachday and bringing enormous joy to her parents and inspiration to all those who meet her.
Surgeons told the Carvers that their baby daughter would not live beyond her second birthday. Born with a complex congenital heart defect, baby Callie's chances were minimal at best. She also has Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome with IVS and Pulmonary Atresia with MAPCA's. The only surgeon they could find to perform the intricate surgery that Callie needed to survive was in California, more than 3,000 miles away from them. Determined, the Carvers made the trip, and the surgery was a success.
But ten trips from the East Coast (where they live) to the West Coast (where their surgeon is) created extreme financial hardship and emotional stress for their family. That's where Hopeful Hearts stepped in -- paying for their lodging, air fare, rental cars, groceries and more. Callie is now 7 years old and has had 9 heart surgeries to date, thriving and doing wonderful.