Bolivia Kid's Heart Repair

For some years now, Dharma Trading Co. has been funding open-heart surgeries for children in Bolivia. We do this in partnership with Solidarity Bridge. The children are from very poor indigenous families who do not have any hope of paying for these costly operations. Many of the children would not survive without the corrective surgery and many others could not lead normal lives.

Milestone reached, thanks for helping make this possible.

Dharma Trading Social Projects reached an important milestone this month when our "Children’s Heart Repair" program financed the 100th child's open heart surgery, funded all or in part by Dharma. Our work with Bolivian sewing coops led us in 2005 to begin funding open heart surgeries for indigenous Bolivian children with life threatening heart problems and where extreme poverty offered them no hope. We partner with Solidarity Bridge, an organization dedicated to serving the Bolivian poor, and with several Bolivian surgeons willing to donate their skills. In this way 93 little lives have been saved.

It is through the efforts of the Dharma staff and the support of our customers that we have the good fortune to be able to help these children.

Year

Patient's Name (Click to read their stories)

Age

Outcome

2014

Elias Coyo

Toddler

Successful

Rosi Flores

7

Successful

Balery Rojas

5 mos.

Successful

Roberto Calle

8

Successful

Cielo Auca

Infant

Successful

Sarahi Ramos

6 mos.

Successful

Roger Rodriguez

3

Successful

David Cerruto

Infant

Successful

Derik Alanes

2

Successful

Jhon Pérez

2 mos.

Successful

Daniela Herrera

2

Successful

2013

Esteban Galarza

Toddler

Successful

Alexander Mejia

Toddler

Successful

Mayra Soliz

8 mos.

Successful

Dilan Paredes

5 mos.

Successful

Keyla Flores

6 mos.

Successful

Pedro Quino

15

Successful

Alexander Hinojosa

1

Successful

José Daniel Sandoval

16

Successful

Kevin Marca

5 mos.

Successful

Leonela Barrientos

10 mos.

Successful

José Edgar Valencia

6

Successful

Milagros Andrade

4

Successful

2012

Jose Carlos Rivera

14

Successful

Gabriela Herrera

12

Successful

Nataly Vazquez

1

Successful

 

Adelaida Lazarte

1

Successful

 

Eimy Gonzalez

1

Successful

 

Kelly Jhoset Siñani

1

Successful

Luis Arteaga

12

Successful

 

Montserrat Murillo

1

Passed Away

 

Nilma Veizaga

4

Successful

 

Romina Hurtado

12

Successful

 

Keyden Torrico

1

Successful

 

Nestor Castro

1

Successful

 

Leonardo Meneces

1

Successful

 

Matias Arauz

2

Successful

 

Mildreth Guzman

10

Successful

 

Leonardo Duran

7 Months

Successful

 

Juana Colque

8

Successful

 

11

Successful

 

Luis Felipe Morales

1

Successful

 

Dalexandro Portillo

2

Successful

 

Sarely Hurtado

6

Successful

 

Lucas Rocha

4 months

Successful

2011

Monica Cabezas

10

Successful

 

David Fernandez

3

Successful

 

6

Passed Away

 

Carolay Medina

4

Successful

 

Adminda Quiroz

16

Successful

 

Kevin Diaz

14

Successful

 

Luis Perez

6 Months

Passed Away

 

Daniel Jurado

1

Successful

 

Jacqueline Quispe

18 Months

Successful

 

Jhoselin Nina

4

Successful

2010

Pablo Garcia

6 months

Successful

Valentina Villagomez

Infant

Successful

Mabel Navia

18 months

Successful

Alejandro Cuellar

7

Successful

Gladis Arauz Guzman

16

Successful

Nicol Belen Salas Alave

Successful

Magaly Rodriguez

13

Successful

2009

Mateo Vacaflor

Successful

Benjo Fernandez

7 months

Passed away

Dayana Quispe

5

Successful

Christian Flores

9 months

Successful

Rosaisela Sanabria

3

Successful

Giovanni Fernandez

1

Successful

Mariela Amador

15

Successful

Diana Perez

7 months

Passed Away

2008

Luis Loayza

11

Successful

Andrea Illanes

15

Successful

Andrea Choque

12

Successful

Alex Pilco

7 months

Successful

Santos Colque

3 months

Successful

Sandra Rojas

17

Successful

Herminia Bustamante

8 months

Successful

Juana Tapia

2

Successful

Jose Miranda

1

Successful

Ana Maria Camacho

4

Successful

Elizabeth Reimer

2

Successful

Nicolas Figueroa

1 month

Passed away

Ernesto Cuadros

13

Successful

Santiago Sanchez

3

Successful

Michelle Landa

9 months

Successful

Cristian Arteaga

16

Successful

Alejandra Montalvan

6

Successful

2007

Monica Cabezas

6

Successful

Claure Oriana

7 months

Successful

Soledad Unajuni

4 months

Successful

Fabricio Tambo

1

Successful

Benjamin Guzman

3 months

Successful

Jazmin Gandarillas

2 months

Successful

Dariana Perez

4 months

Successful

2006

Angel Viri Cayo

17

Passed away

Alex Rivera

3 months

Successful

Maria Luisa Delgado

17

Successful

Elvia Vilca

15

Successful

Sadrac Maldonado

3

Passed away

Judith Herrera

8

Successful

2005

Maria Concepcion Sevilla

21

Successful

Enrique Guzman

5 months

Successful

Sylvia Menchaca

8 months

Successful

Reyna Maria Jimenez

8

Successful

Yadimar Nina Jimenez

7

Passed away

October, 2009

During a 10 trip to Bolivia, I visited all of the projects we support. Regarding the Children's Heart Repair project, I had a chance to meet some of the children whose open heart surgeries we have made possible. Meeting them and their parents was very emotional and very real. If one has children, or even if not, it's possible to understand the deep gratitude they feel for the saving of their child's life. Unfortunately, the cost of open heart surgery is rising, even in Bolivia, and we will not be able to underwrite as many this year as in past years.

Miracles - how it works.

In a rural mountain area of Bolivia there's a 3 year old indian boy with a heart problem. He's weak, not developing properly and his future is in doubt. The family income is less than $100/month - barely enough for the room they rent and food. His mother says: "The truth is that I do not know what to do because I do not have the money to pay for the costs of the operation required by my small son. I am desperate and ask God every day to have mercy on my little son and to be able to receive the help to save his life. I do not resign myself to lose him and if something happens to him I do not know what I would do."

Thousands of miles away, in California, a man prays and receives that it is correct for him to pay for operations for children far away in Bolivia, and so the 3 year old gets his operation.

Her prayers have been answered, a man she never met in a place she never heard of, helps her son - a miracle has occurred.