When I read this on NBC10, I felt something for this sweetheart. I was born with multiple holes in my heart and had closed heart surgery and open heart surgery, both before I turned 3, to fix this defect. I pray that little Adrian can have his surgery as well so that he can experience life without defect, and I pray that he comes to know the Lord so that he can experience life in TRUE freedom! If you can donate, please do – even if it is only $1 because that will bring them $1 closer to the necessary $85,000. If you cannot donate (and even if you do), the BEST thing you, we, anyone, can do is pray and seek the Lord God on behalf of little Adrian.
MIAMI, Fla (July 1, 2008) – The International Kids Fund (IKF), a program of Jackson Memorial Foundation dedicated to helping children throughout the world overcome serious illness, today is kicking off a fundraising campaign seeking the community’s support for a surgery that will enclose the heart of a twenty month-old toddler. Adrian Reheal lives with a very rare congenital birth defect known as ectopia cordis, in which his heart is located on the outside of his chest. This condition affects only eight in one million births, but usually results in still birth or death shortly after birth. As a result of the defect, Adrian’s parents are forced to monitor him around the clock to ensure he does not damage his unprotected heart.
“Babies that are born with ectopia cordis usually don’t survive birth or die shortly thereafter however, Adrian is defeating the odds. With surgery and treatments we will be able to provide a protective covering around his heart and repair his heart defects so that he will likely live a long and productive life,” says Dr. Eliot Rosenkranz, cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
Aside from surgery to repair his ectopia cordis, Adrian will have to undergo additional procedures to help repair a large artrial septal defect, which is a heart defect in which there is a hole in the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart; and a defect in the center of his diaphragm.
Since Adrian is not a U.S. resident and a public hospital cannot use taxpayers’ money to pay for his treatment, IKF is seeking the community’s support in raising $85,000 to help cover the cost of his procedures. Specifically, he will need a sternal reconstruction to restore the normal bone protection surrounding the heart. Holtz’s Children Hospital, Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Medical Center have offered to perform the surgery at a charitable rate through their partnerships with the International Kids Fund (IKF).
“Adrian is young but you can already see his personality shining through. And with our help, we can extend the chances for him to develop his personality even further,” says Janelle Prieto, assistant director of IKF. “This little boy deserves a fighting chance, and with the community’s help we can help provide it.”
How to help
Those interested in making a tax-deductible donation for Adrian can mail a check or money order payable to International Kids Fund at the address below. Please include “Adrian Reheal” in the subject line of the check or money order in order to ensure credit to the appropriate account:
International Kids Fund
Re: Adrian Reheal
P.O. Box 2020
Miami, FL 33101
Toll Free: 1-877-IKF-KIDS (1-877-453-5437)
Donations can also be made online by visiting www.internationalkidsfund.org. For further information, potential donors also may write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the International Kids Fund (IKF)
The International Kids Fund (IKF) at Holtz Children’s Hospital, a program of the Jackson Memorial Foundation, seeks to provide medical care to needy children from around the world who suffer from serious illnesses that cannot be treated in their countries. The fund ensures these children receive the best care possible at Holtz Children’s Hospital of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, one of the nation’s premier teaching hospitals. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit www.internationalkidsfund.org or call 1-877-IKF-KIDS.