Meet Ai Vy
Rach Gia, Vietnam
“I am going to get my heart fixed, and when I come back home I get to go to school!”
Ai Vy has long, pigtail braids. Her favorite toy is a special doll. She loves school. Two years ago, however, dreams for success in school seemed far away. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when a special screening campaign came to her school. Ai Vy’s parents borrowed money from family and friends to help cover the costs of surgery and travel to Children’s HeartLink’s partner hospital in Rach Gia City. Ai Vy and her mother made the two-hour journey from their home Rach Gia City by motorbike.
Before leaving for the hospital, Ai Vy told a young friend, “I am going to get my heart fixed, and when I come back home I get to go to school.” Ai Vy’s surgery to treat her heart defect was a success, and she and her mother were able to return home for a second chance at life. Ai Vy’s wish has come true, and she is now a thriving primary school student with a bright future.