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      :   EJ Castillo
Age         :   7 Months Old

EJ was born in Nueva Ecija to parents Edgar and Jennifer. Edgar works as a farmer, and Jennifer a housewife. Their son EJ was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called ALCAPA (anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery), but with under USD 130 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. It was then that Edgar and Jennifer were advised to seek financial help.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, the cost of EJ’s operation was covered and he successfully underwent the procedure called Open Heart Surgery under cardio pulmonary bypass last February 18. No longer limited by his disease, EJ can now look forward to a happy and healthy life.

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