Hope for Ann

IMG_8683I’d like to introduce you to a very special lady named Ann. She is 24-years-old, and a mother of four. Her smile lights up a room, but it hides a dark and painful truth. Ann is in heart failure. As a child she had a bad case of strep throat that went untreated. The bacteria traveled through her bloodstream and severely damaged several of her heart’s valves causing her heart to work extra hard. All of that work has caused her heart to begin to fail.

Ann shared with me that she first noticed the problem in 2001 and that she has seen many doctors since that time. The last doctor she saw started her on medications to help manage her heart failure. He told her that if she had tons of money that she might be able to get further treatment. She went home deeply discouraged.

IMG_8680Then someone told her brother about Karin, a little girl who we helped a few years ago. You can read about Karin’s story here. So Ann’s brother Joel walked many miles to our home to ask if it was true that we knew how to help people with heart problems.

Since that first meeting I’ve been able to actually meet and speak with Ann. I’ve obtained her medical records and received a consult from an American cardiologist who will be visiting Kenya with a heart team next month. He believes that Ann can be surgically treated to repair or possibly replace the damaged valves in her heart. There is HOPE for Ann. We have made arrangements for Ann, her husband, and her brother, to make the six-hour journey to the mission hospital where the American doctor will be next month. She will be seen on Feb 9th and evaluated to determine which procedure she may be eligible for.

IMG_8674Please pray with us for Ann and her family. Pray that the doctors will have wisdom as they evaluate her and determine the best course of treatment. Pray for healing. Pray for her children who will stay with their grandmother as their mommy travels to the hospital. But most of all, pray that Ann will not just see, but feel the love of Christ through our involvement in her situation.

We look forward to keeping you updated about Ann and her heart. Thanks for praying with us. And remember that you when support Hope Matters financially, you are helping patients like Ann to get care that they otherwise would not receive.