30 Children in US Receive Life-Saving Heart Surgeries Thanks to Vietnamese Youths

Two non-profit organizations in the US - raised more than VND 1.3 billion corresponding to the cost of surgeries and post-surgery re-examination for 30 children with difficult circumstances in Vietnam.

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at the Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Center where we had the chance to meet 11 of the children who will benefit from this donation to treat their congenital heart defects
At the symbolic handover ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Center. Source: VCF


VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) and the Heartbeat Vietnam program (HBVN), in collaboration with Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (MEMO) and CardiacLife Foundation, recently held a meeting with 11 children suffering from congenital heart defects from all over the country and their families at the Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Center.


These children are among those who are supported by the “Open Our Hearts Gala” program, which was organized by MEMO and CardiacLife Foundation in collaboration with Heartbeat Vietnam.


CardiacLife Foundation is an organization established by students living in Vietnam and abroad with the goal of supporting Vietnamese children to access essential health care services, especially heart health.


MEMO is an organization that has been operating for 16 years in the US with the goal of providing medical and educational support to disadvantaged children and Vietnamese communities living in remote areas of Vietnam. Their activities include sponsoring surgery costs, providing medical examination and medicine distribution, and awarding scholarships.


The leaders of MEMO are Vietnamese doctors and dentists living in the US. The organization is operated by a group of pre-health students in the US.


Accordingly, in May 2022, the “Open Our Hearts Gala 2022” organized by MEMO and CardiacLife Foundation, two non-profit organizations in the US, successfully raised over VND 1.3 million (USD 56,521) for Heartbeat Vietnam to help provide the cost of surgeries and post-surgery re-examination for 30 disadvantaged children with congenital heart defects.

They meet 11 of the children who will benefit from this donation to treat their congenital heart defects. Source: VCF
They meet 11 of the children who will benefit from this donation to treat their congenital heart defects. Source: VCF


This meeting was an opportunity for these Vietnamese students in the US to return to their homeland, reconnect with their roots, meet children with congenital heart defects and their families to understand more about their situation and realize how severe and urgent this dangerous disease is if the children are not promptly operated on. The children shared their journey, motivation, and difficulties during the fundraising process.


The CardiacLife Foundation and MEMO shared their future plans with the Heartbeat Vietnam program, with the goal of all children in Vietnam having happy lives and healthy hearts.


On this occasion, a member of CardiacLife Foundation, Vlogger Jenny Huynh, also shared her desire to spread positive messages in the community to help Heartbeat Vietnam save more children with congenital heart defects.


Along with Vlogger Jenny Huynh, CardiacLife Foundation and MEMO also called for more donations to help seven other babies with congenital heart defects through the trip to Can Tho province on July 31.

Vietnamese Youths in US Fund Life-Saving Heart Surgeries for 30 Children
CardiacLife Foundation cooperates with M.E.M.O to implement a fundraising campaign called “Open Our Hearts Gala” in the US in May 2022.
Hannah Nguyen