Journey of the Heart
Armed with her camera, curiosity, and compassion, photojournalist Amie Vanderford joined a medical mission to document the work of a Memphis philanthropy.
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Because I speak Spanish, I was able to talk with the boy’s mother, Diana, and offer her comfort. She, in turn, truly impressed me with her faith and positive outlook even though her son was slow to awake from surgery and several days passed before his condition stabilized. Diana experienced moments of fear and doubt as any parent would, but more often than not she was seen with a smile on her face while comforting young Juan Manuel.
Over the course of the two-week mission, 26 patients were treated through surgery and heart catheterizations, and not one child died. I saw firsthand the astounding difference that ICHF — founded right here in Memphis — makes in the lives of children who might otherwise have no chance.
If you would like to learn more and add your support to ICHF, please visit its website, www.babyheart.org.