Edwin has a hole in his heart so blood mixes back and forth between his right and left atria; the result is that the blood going to his head and body isn't fully oxygenated. As a result, he is always tired and often passes out when he tries to do anything physical . . . playing soccer with his buddies or working are just not options. To make things worse, Edwin lives in a one room house with his mom and six other family members, so there is no way the family could pay for an expensive surgery to fix his heart even if the hospital offered it, which they don't.
That's where CardioStart and Helping Hands Honduras (HHH) come in. Edwin was screened by echo to be sure he was a good candidate; the atrial septal defect was a massive 3 cm in diameter and his heart was twice the normal size because of the stress of trying to overcome the defect. The team performed open heart surgery and used a bovine pericardial patch to close the hole.
A few hours later, Edwin woke up, he was groggy from the anesthesia, but his heart was finally whole. With a little time, he'll grow stronger and so will his heart . . . and other than the scar left on his chest from the surgery, there won't be a scrap of evidence that he was once so sick. He'll be able to play soccer and get a job to help his family get ahead, all thanks to the amazing humanitarians that volunteer their time, and energy, and money with organizations like CardioStart and HHH.