Children's Heart
Surgery Program

WANT TO BE PART OF A MIRACLE?

Since 1989, Vets With A Mission has implemented numerous humanitarian programs and projects in Vietnam.  But one of its most important is the Children’s Heart Surgery Program.

The CHSP provides major cardiology procedures—often life-saving operations— for children, teenagers or adolescents who otherwise would not receive them. Heart operations are done for “pennies on the dollar” when compared to the cost in the United States, Canada or outside of Vietnam!
 

Fortunately this young Vietnamese teenager, Vo Thi Nhu Trinh, from Thuy Binh Village near Hue, had her operation sponsored by friends of VWAM and members of a medical team. In the words of Dr. David Jester, “This heart surgery drastically altered a life, giving this 15 year old child a chance at life because without the operation, she would have died!”


February is Heart Surgery Sponsorship Month! 

Take a look at a couple of short videos from patients VWAM sponsored for surgery:

Thank You from Nguyen Thi To

Thank You from Nguyen Thi Diu

As an IRS approved 501(C) (3) charitable non-profit organization, your donation as a sponsor is fully tax deductible. VWAM’s in-country administrator assures accountability of both the patient and your gift.

It’s all part of what we do and who we are. As, St. Francis of Assisi said, “Wherever you go preach Christ, and if necessary, use words!”

HOW IS YOUR HEART SURGERY DONATION HANDLED?

When you make a gift to Vets With A Mission to sponsor a child’s heart procedure, your tax-deductible donation is deposited in the Medicine-Equipment-Surgery Fund, a designated account. Prior to a medical mission departing for Vietnam, funds are transferred from Wells Fargo to HSBC bank in Vietnam, a secure private financial institution. VWAM uses the HSBC branch in Da Nang.

VWAM’s Executive Director approves all transfers for payment of any operation, once documentation is received, verifying a physician’s diagnosis and hospital expenditures.

Prior to transfer of funds or payment to the hospital,  VWAM’s in-country representative, Mr. Tran Xuan Nam in Hue, checks all charges for accuracy before the authorized funds are transferred or payment made.  An expense report is sent to Vets With A Mission for accountability and record-keeping.

Heart Patient 13 yr old Phan Thi Ngoc Anh with Father from Da Nang.

HOW IS SURGERY DONE AND WHY?

Years ago the only choice was to bring  patients to the US, Canada or another country. This is no longer necessary due to medical advances in training and facilities. Heart surgeries take place at Hue Medical College-Hue Central Hospital by Vietnamese surgeons. Procedures are far less expensive in Vietnam, about a sixth of what it costs in the US or another country.

VWAM has sponsored over 57 heart operations to date, but more children still need them. In fact nearly 200 children, teens and young adults are on the heart “Waiting list.” Money is the major issue and that’s why they’re on such a list. Many poor families cannot afford the procedure, and sometimes, their child faces a premature death - unless there is a miracle.

Think of what is really important to you. One heart surgery sponsor said, “I have never felt better about giving my money to a cause. I will carry the memory of this child in my own heart until the day I die.”

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF A MIRACLE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE?

HOW ARE PATIENTS CHOSEN FOR HEART SURGERY?

In the words of Vets With A Mission’s Medical Director, “It’s the policy of Vets With A Mission to screen patients and find that special patient. It is a patient who can’t afford it and otherwise wouldn’t get the surgery. It has to be surgery that will drastically alter their life, giving a child, teen, or young adult a chance at life, because without the operation, the individual would die.”

HOW ARE PATIENTS SCREENED?

Vets With A Mission humanitarian medical teams offer free primary healthcare examinations in rural areas.

In Hue, VWAM assists Downs Syndrome and disabled patients at a Center for Special Needs, too. Typically patients are poor or ethnic minorities. Often they do not have health insurance. Patient’s vitals and history are taken in triage, major health issue noted, and then off to the doctor. Diagnosis is made, treatment recommended, and prescriptions are filled from the VWAM Pharmacy, and if the medicine needed is not on hand, VWAM gets it for them “free of charge.”

If an operation is recommended, the patient is sent to the hospital for further tests and confirmation of the diagnosis. VWAM pays for these tests, hospitalization and transportation assistance, if needed. Once financial need is verified, the patient is then notified of the heart surgery sponsorship. Arrangements are made with Hue Medical College-Hue Central Hospital.  

Vets With A Mission’s in-country liaison participates in the process from the very beginning. He verifies costs, follows treatment, serves the patient and their family. When it’s time to “pay the bill,” often the entire family goes with him to the hospital to show their appreciation. He makes sure they understand the role VWAM and their sponsors played in making this possible.

And then another friend informs them of the  “ministry reasons” why we do this. If appropriate, in his opinion and the opportunity presents itself, the “Gospel” is shared by this friend with the patient and family.

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Vietnam vets served our country on land, sea and in the air to help the Vietnamese people. It was said, “We were the best and the brightest.” Well, we believe that is still true today. Vets return for a number of reasons including personal, religious/spiritual and humanitarian. Vets With A Mission is dedicated to reconciliation in helping Vietnam veterans and all veterans – even those of former South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong – to honor the past and embrace the future. Vietnam is no longer a war; it is a country. Since 1989 nearly 2,600 volunteers, both veterans and non-veterans, have traveled to Vietnam with VWAM. Now you can join us in making a difference in your life and the lives of others.
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HOW YOU CAN JOIN US AS A HEART SURGERY SPONSOR?

Children in Vietnam are just like children in the US. And most of us have grandchildren, so we can empathize with the parents of these kids who desperately need a life-altering or life-saving procedure. Imagine an entire examination, pre-op, surgery, hospitalization and post-op that costs less than $4,000 US! Here it would be ten or twenty times that amount, so the "Bang you get for your buck" investing in the CHSP is remarkable and an incredible ROI. Please join us today in sponsoring an operation in part or to fully fund one.

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