2,500 Miles from Home, 8 Children Seek a 2nd Chance at Life

An Academy Award nominated documentary short, “Open Heart” is the story of eight Rwandan children and their journey to undergo open-heart surgery at the only free-of-charge cardiac surgery hospital in Africa. These eight children suffer from life-threatening rheumatic heart disease, and open-heart surgery may be their only chance at survival. Located in the village of Soba in Sudan, the “Salam” Centre opened in 2007 is the only facility in Africa capable of such advanced cardiac surgery free of charge. The documentary is one of the more moving portrayals I’ve seen of the power that medicine has to affect lives. A definite must-watch.

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