Luz Marie G. Gariando from the Philippines is only 27 years old and suffered from complete heart block. She was in critical need of pacemaker but couldn’t afford to get one on her own. Her life was in great danger.
With the help of BIOTRONIK she received a pacemaker and is now living a healthy life. Luz has more energy and is very happy and lives her life to the fullest now.
Aldrich Clyde was only 16 and when he was diagnosed with complete heart block. As a young child in the Philippines, he still has a whole lifetime ahead of him and has many dreams yet to fill. Unfortunately, his family was not able to afford to pay for a pacemaker for him. They needed help.
Heartbeat International was able to provide the pacemaker, the implant surgery and the follow up treatment for Aldrich. Aldrich is now able to purse his goals, find his future and have fun with his friends. His family is very grateful for the life changing, and saving device, provided through the Heartbeat International program.
Trinidad & Tobago
Amar Kurjah is raising and supporting his family in Trinidad and Tobago. He works hard to provide for his family all that he can, while suffering from a heart condition. Amar wants to be there for his two young children, but with his heart issue, it was almost not possible. Amar desperately needed a pacemaker to stay alive, but with his salary he could not afford it on his own.
Thanks to Heartbeat International with, the help of BIOTRONIK, Amar received the needed pacemaker and is making a full recovery. He is very grateful for having his pacemaker and knowing that he will be alive to watch his two children grow.
Angelo was only 10 when his heart started to fail. He was in dire need of help, but his family had no way to afford the pacemaker, or procedures Angelo needed. They were concerned for their sons life - until International Heartbeat stepped in. International Heartbeat provided the equipment, space, and doctors necessary for Angelo’s procedure.
Now Angelo is going to live a long vibrant life! He has all the time he needs to fulfill his dreams, and reach his goals. His family is so grateful that they get to see their son grow up and flourish.
Arturo's heart problems began when he was three years-old. His father worked long hours at a taco stand in Mexico to support the family, but he felt scared and helpless. “I didn’t have the money for that surgery. I couldn’t save my own son’s life.”
His mother was equally devastated. “When my son was sleeping, sometimes I couldn’t hear his heart, and I knew one day he might not wake up in the morning.”
Arturo’s family found hope when they met Dr. Ricardo Meneses of Heartbeat International. Arturo traveled 100 miles to a hospital and was rushed into surgery for a pacemaker implant.
Today, Arturo runs around and plays with his friends. The experience has had a positive impact – he's back at school and hopes to become a doctor someday.
Trinidad & Tobago
In 2010, Mei-Gui was a 20 year-old patient of Heartbeat International's Heart Center in Trinidad & Tobago. Rather than suffer a bedridden life of fatigue, Mei-Gui's pacemaker has energized her days and allows her to live as an inspiration to others.
Since her treatment, Mei-Gui studied for her degree in Philosophy at the University of West Indies. She's started running marathons and hiking the mountain above the Mt. Saint Benedict's Abbey.
Mei-Gui is a lovely young woman and a shining example of the full life that HBI aims to restore for our patients.
Diagnosed with Down Syndrome and heart rhythm disease, baby Geraldine needed a pacemaker to save her life. However, her mother was unemployed and could not afford the device and surgery.
She desperately tried to find help for her daughter, and one lucky day a social worker put her in contact with Heartbeat International's Heart Center in Mexico. Shortly thereafter, Geraldine was treated and doing well.
“When she was born, we thought we were going to lose her. It was just so painful because for us she was a little angel arriving into our lives,” said Geraldine’s mother. “The reward is seeing her alive – and it’s thanks to Heartbeat International who donated the pacemaker.”
Last month Baby Keila’s life changed when the one-month-old girl received a BIOTRONIK pacemaker through The Heartbeat International Foundation’s Pacemaker Program in Honduras. The Heartbeat International Foundation’s Pacemaker Program provides donated pacemakers and ICDs to a network of Heart Centers for patients in medical and economic need. BIOTRONIK is proud to partner with The Heartbeat International Foundation to help ensure patients throughout the world have access to lifesaving cardiac devices. To date, BIOTRONIK has donated more than 7,000 pacemakers and ICDs to the foundation.
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