By Amy Ellis
ECU News Services
Two Bolivian hearts were mended, and many local hearts warmed, over the past few weeks, thanks to a partnership between the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center and Samaritan’s Purse’s Children’s Heart Project.
Six-year-old Sebastian Viscarra and 15-year-old Luis Amarro traveled from La Paz, Bolivia, recently to receive life-altering surgery in Greenville. The two boys were participants in the Children’s Heart Project, an international relief project that matches up children who need heart surgery – but lack access to it in their home countries – with North American medical centers willing to donate their services. The project arranges for host families and an interpreter to accompany the children and their guardians, and furnishes round-trip transportation.