Little Hearts Project mission team performs miracles in Honduras

Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM, Filed Under: Community News, Front Page, Village Mill

Papa Joe Covolo of Five Springs, along with The Little Hearts Project pediatric cardiac team made up of 50 volunteers from across the U.S., departed on a mission trip in September to give expert cardiac care to children in Honduras.

During the 10-day trip, the team performed a total of 27 heart surgeries and 36 catharizations for children. Sixty-three very young children in need of live-saving surgery have now been given the chance to live healthy lives.

“While many chapters of the Little Hearts Pediatric Cardiac Team in Honduras ended the first of October,” Covolo said, “one more chapter has come to light.”

“Something beautiful happened,” he said, “when grateful families made up a packet of thank you notes and hid it where the staff would find it afterwards.”

Friends of Barnabas Director of Honduras Operations Nury Janania wrote to Covolo, “ Never before has the staff at FOBF received from parents and patients of the Extended Care Program or from cardiac patients a thank you like this.  In the middle of a bed was a folder full of emotions and feelings of love and gratitude—thank you notes.  We all cried upon receiving these letters, each originally folded in the shape of a heart, some with drawings of flowers and butterflies, and stamps of little feet and hands of
patients. They did this secretly and left it hidden. There are no words to describe what it means to receive this gift.”