Diem’s Heart Surgery

Sprawled in a crib, Diem’s easygoing personality reflects off her chubby cheeks, but at just 8 months old she has already had open heart surgery.

Diem’s rocky journey began when she was abandoned outside the House of Love gates this past February. Sisters from the center noticed a newborn struggling to breathe and took her to the nearest hospital. There, Diem was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia and Ventricular Septum, which means her pulmonary valve is absent and forces her heart to work harder to keep up. Diem also had a hole in her heart, causing the blood to skip circulation to her lungs.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, like yourself, Diem was able to tackle her first surgery. The doctors were very pleased with her outcome and are optimistic about upcoming surgeries. Within the next few months, the tiny fighter will gain enough weight and strength to replace the current junction connecting her pulmonary artery and aorta. As she grows, Diem will need continual surgeries for bigger tubing, costing close to $6,000 each. The nuns must also scrape up money for Diem’s medicine and transportation to and from the hospital.

This is where you come into the story. Send a tax-deductible contribution to help restore Diem’s precious heart. Don’t let children like Diem suffer any longer simply because they cannot afford treatment!