Prepping for Fifth Annual “Scar of Life”

It’s a bustling afternoon at the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) where staff members prepare seating charts, volunteers move up and down the office armed with chunks of poster board, and special deliveries are made bearing glistening paintings among other luxuries. Today marks the eve of the fifth annual “Scar of Life,” a fundraiser led by Heartbeat […]

When Both Are Chronic: Disease and Poverty

Huy and Mom

Even after two surgeries in 2013, Phan Ba Huy can hardly be called a former patient of cardiac disease. Now suffering from Aortic Insufficiency, two-year-old Huy worries his parents “just as much as when he was born a tiny 2.4 kg baby,” said his mother—a native of Nghe An Province. “There is hope!” Such was […]

Success of Thien Han highlights the amazing progress in heart surgery in Vietnam

LD. Huynh Thien Han. 2012 (10.12.12).3

One of the great joys of the work we do is to be able to see the children doing well after surgery. Last week we were visited by little Thien Han and his parents and were delighted to see how well he was doing after such a tough start to his life. Han was ten […]

Nine-year-old Ly after life-changing surgery

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The boy born with a ‘chicken heart’ makes full recovery following support from the VinaCapital Heartbeat Vietnam Program. After growing up known as the boy with “chicken chest”, nine-year-old Ly has overcome extraordinary odds to survive a rare condition in which he was born with his heart outside his chest. Life was difficult for Ly […]

Excursion with VCF Outreach Clinics

Daan's excursion - Visit Thuong's family

In the short two days I spent working with the VCF Outreach Clinics in the Quang Nam province, I had the chance to experience up close what it is that the VinaCapital Foundation does for the poor and disadvantaged in Vietnam. What I saw was an enthusiastic and friendly team of doctors and nurses working […]