In Southeast Asia, more than 50,000 children are born with heart defects each year1 and only a few fortunate patients undergo the required heart surgery. Some of these children live in poverty-stricken areas and cannot afford to seek medical treatment whilst others live in cities that do not have adequate medical equipment or expertise. These children and their families face years of uncertainty. Many die before a chance at treatment comes along; some become disabled; and others have to wait even longer.
Congenital heart defect or congenital heart anomaly is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Approximately 9 in 1000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect2. Many defects do not need treatment, but some complex congenital heart defects require medication or surgery to ensure that the child has a fighting chance to live. For most children, the Nu Skin SEACHF has not only saved their lives but has also given them the opportunity to enjoy their childhood, helped them to pursue their dreams and transformed them into people who can make a difference in their communities.