HEIDI, 10 years old

Heidi lives in Apopa, El Salvador with her mother and younger sibling. She was diagnosed at birth and was on the waiting list for heart surgery. At 4 years of age her father took her away from her mother under that belief that doctors were lying about Heidi’s condition. After a terrible fight for parental rights, her mother took her into hiding so that she could receive the much needed cardiac care. At the age of 10, she finally received her long waited heart surgery. Heidi felt very happy after her heart operation, especially since her lips were no longer blue! She has since been able to go to school regularly and play with her friends. Heidi wants to be a heart doctor when she grows up and help other kids like her.