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   :   Dan Marie Esteban
Age      :   13 years old

Dan Marie was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus. With her mother Gina as a housewife, and her dad Danilo a security guard averaging a monthly income of USD$ 200, the Esteban family had no means to pay for their daughter’s expensive, yet badly needed operation.

Danilo and Gina were told about CHILD Foundation of the Philippine General Hospital, and sought help there. Through SEACHF, they were able to get the funding they needed for their kid, who was operated on last August 4 with the corrective heart procedure called open heart surgery with cardio pulmonary bypass.

Dan Marie has recovered well and her parents are looking forward to making more meaningful memories with their child, now free from such a life-threatening disease.

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