Philippines

Smile Stories

When we think of children we usually envision happy, active kids running around without a care in the world. However for children with congenital heart disease they are often sickly and a bit of activity could tire them out. Some live sedentary lives not because they want to but because they need to. Many of them have uncertain futures and live each day at a time.

When we have the chance to help improve these children’s lives, every single smile we receive is priceless. Here are their stories and how Nu Skin distributors have helped create smiles.

Name   :   Riel Andrew Loyola
Age      :   8 years old

Riel Andrew was born Valenzuela to parents Ricardo and Raquel. Ricardo works as a painter, and Raquel a housewife. Riel was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease patent ductus arteriosus, but with only USD 85 as monthly income, the family were struggling to make ends meet with their daily needs and could not afford to pay for their child’s costly operation on their own.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, the cost  for Riel’s operation was covered and he successfully underwent the procedure called PDA device closure last August 4. No longer limited by his disease, Riel can now further his education without a life-threatening ailment, and can look forward to a brighter future. 

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