Shadi's Heart Surgery


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Shadi
Age: 
5
From: 
Gaza

A Labor of Love

Posted on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 15:30 by Justina

Afaf is the mother of two children who were born with heart defect. She is a strong woman who truly understands the pain, the challenges, and the joy that are encountered on the road to recovery and wellness. In 2003, Afaf's daughter Israh was diagnosed and treated for a congenital heart problem by the doctor's of Save a Child's Heart. Then in 2008, at only 12 days old, Afaf's son Shadi was diagnosed with a complex cyanotic heart defect. The child's echo revealed a heart defect known as a Dextrocardia; a rare anomaly in which the heart is located on the right side of the chest instead of the normal left side of the chest.

The news that her son Shadi also had a serious heart defect was almost too much for Afaf to bear. "I felt angry, sad, and afraid,