A Miraculous Surgery for Amaranta

09/27/13

When Meliana found out that her 14-year-old granddaughter had a severe heart condition and needed surgery to survive, she says, "I trembled with fear." 

 
"The amount of money was very high, and we could not afford to pay for the surgery," she explains. 
 
Amaranta was a smart, playful girl, full of hopes for her future. Even though her family was very poor, she was able to attend school and get enough to eat every day, thanks to her sponsors, who support her through Children of the Nations' Village Partnership Program in the Dominican Republic. 
 
When Amaranta was 14, she was diagnosed with a severe heart condition
        When Amaranta was 14, she was diagnosed with a severe heart condition that would require surgery.  
 
Amaranta always had a smile on her face, but she said, "When I think about this terrible disease that I have, I feel awful." She knew her family could not afford the surgery, so she prayed to God for a miracle every day. 
 
"I ask God for help, and for a miracle on me," she said. 
 
God used people like you to bring that miracle into her life. A generous couple—some of Amaranta's sponsors—offered to cover the cost of her surgery. And two weeks ago, Amaranta, now sixteen, traveled to Santo Domingo to get the surgery she had been waiting for. 
 
Amaranta had no fear as she walked into the operating room. She had prayed for so long for this surgery that she knew God had provided it for her. She smiles as she explains, "I was not afraid—I was excited." 
 
After a false start and a delay—the hospital didn't have her blood type the initial day they scheduled the operation—Amaranta went in for a successful surgery. She has just returned home to her grandmother in the community of Don Bosco, who is taking very good care of her as she recovers. 
 
Amaranta's grandmother is caring for her as she recovers from heart surgery
Amaranta's grandmother is caring for her as she recovers from the life-saving heart surgery her sponsors provided for her this month.
 
"I feel very happy now," she says, sitting on her bed in her small home in Don Bosco with her grandmother by her side. "This surgery was mandatory and urgent. If I didn't have it, my future would be uncertain." 
 
This surgery has done much more than save Amaranta's life—it has inspired her and given her a goal for the future. Because of everything she has gone through, Amaranta says her goal in life is to be a cardiologist. "I want to help people with the same problem as me," she says. 
 
Amaranta hopes to become a doctor one day.
Amaranta hopes to become a doctor one day. Thanks to the support of generous people like you, she may one day achieve this goal!