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Students team up for young heart patients

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A group of young volunteers has been lending a helping hand to young heart patients.

Student volunteers with the Impact 345 group have been giving their time and companionship to children from overseas who have been brought to Cayman for free heart surgeries organized by the Health City Cayman Islands hospital’s foundation: Have a Heart Cayman Islands.

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Surgeries successful, young patients head home

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On Aug. 6., year-old Mchaendel Gilot spent most of an hour-long flight between Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Grand Cayman crying in his cousin’s arms.

Following heart surgery in mid-August at Health City Cayman Islands, the change in the toddler has been astounding, according to family members and countrymen who traveled with him for the procedure. Continue reading “Surgeries successful, young patients head home”

More than 100 children saved by ‘Have a Heart Cayman Islands’ at Health City

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Before her lifesaving surgery at Health City Cayman Islands, 2-year-old Yenifer Lopez Giron complained of a constant pinching pain in her chest, caused by a hole in her heart. Her mother Cecilia said they waited nearly the entirety of her daughter’s life for help, not knowing if it would ever come.

The Have a Heart Cayman Islands organization is constantly looking for children like Yenifer – children in need of heart surgery, children who need help. The nonprofit has been around for only two years, but to date it has helped 104 children from all over the world receive free, life-saving heart surgeries at Health City Cayman Islands. Continue reading “More than 100 children saved by ‘Have a Heart Cayman Islands’ at Health City”

Haines completes mountain challenge

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Vico Testori, left, and Derek Haines unfurl the Cayman Islands flag on the summit of Mt. Acotango in Bolivia.

Marathon runner and fundraiser Derek Haines has completed his latest challenge for charity on June 13 — climbing three mountains in Bolivia.

Mr. Haines, along with Vico Testori and Barry Yetton, set out for Bolivia in May to climb Condoriri, Huayna Potosi and Illimani as part of “The Mountains and Marathons Challenge,” to raise money for the Have a Heart Cayman Islands Foundation. The foundation finances lifesaving heart surgeries at Health City for underprivileged children. Continue reading “Haines completes mountain challenge”

Charity climbers scale Andean peak

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Vico Testori, Derek Haines and Barry Yetton at the summit of Bolivia’s Mount Tarija.

The Cayman Islands flag was flying at the summit of Mount Tarija in the Bolivian Andes this week as charity mountain climbers completed the first part of a “three-peak challenge.”

Led by Derek Haines, the trio of climbers are raising money for the Have a Heart Cayman Islands Foundation, which pays for life-saving heart operations for underprivileged children at Health City Cayman Islands hospital. Continue reading “Charity climbers scale Andean peak”

Marathon man aims to hit new heights

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Derek Haines, left, and past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Brian Hurley with two Bolivian boys, Abdael and Carlos relax after a kickabout with a football after the children had recovered from surgery they had recently undergone.

 

As one of the flattest islands on earth, Grand Cayman does not seem like the ideal place to train for a three-peak mountain climbing challenge in the “roof of the world.”

But that has not stopped Derek Haines and his charity challenge team from putting in the hard yards as they prepare to travel to Bolivia this weekend as part of a fundraising campaign in aid of the Have a Heart Cayman Islands Foundation, which finances lifesaving heart surgeries at Health City for underprivileged children. Continue reading “Marathon man aims to hit new heights”

Health City aims to give one charitable surgery a day

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Eight-year-old Carlos Isaac Villca Valdex, and 2-year-old Abdael Mito Montero were flown to Cayman to have surgery. Their operations were successful.

 

Health City Cayman Islands has already performed 68 charitable surgeries for children with heart problems and brain tumors, but the hospital hopes that within the next two years, it can offer one charitable heart surgery every day for a child in need.

In 2016, Health City and the Have a Heart Cayman Islands Foundation aim to offer 100 or more surgeries to children from around the globe. Continue reading “Health City aims to give one charitable surgery a day”

Bolivian children successfully treated at Health City Cayman Islands for cardiac disorder

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The skill and success rates of the surgical teams at Health City Cayman Islands are well known in medical circles in the Caribbean, but it is their humanitarian outreach that is touching lives in South America.

Thanks to the international hospital’s compassion-based mission to provide exceptional care to all, including the poor and vulnerable, two children from Bolivia whose parents could not afford the cost of pediatric cardiac surgery in their country have now received the lifesaving treatment. Continue reading “Bolivian children successfully treated at Health City Cayman Islands for cardiac disorder”

Another marathon fundraiser for Derek Haines

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Bolivian cardiac surgical patients with Derek Haines and Cayman HospiceCare board member Brian Hurley

Having run six marathons worldwide and raised more than $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare in 2014, Derek Haines is now setting his sights even higher: He’ll climb three mountains in Bolivia and run two marathons this year in his effort to raise at least another $1 million for Have a Heart Cayman Islands.

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