Vietnam

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   :   Le Thuy Dung
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 7 in Hai Duong province (includes her grandmother, uncle, parents, siblings)
  • Income: $47/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 27 Oct 2014
  • Surgery completed 24 Nov 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 26 Nov 2014
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Name   :   Dinh Tung Anh
Age      :   Less than 1 year old

  • Family of 7 in Bac Giang (including two uncles, two cousins, and his parents)
  • Income: $57/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect and Pulmonary Artery Hypertension
  • Date admitted to hospital: 27 Oct 2014
  • Surgery completed: 05 Nov 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 17 Nov 2014
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Name   :   Nguyen Tan Phat
Age      :   2 years old

Born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), 2-year-old Phat's future seemed bleak. He was slow in development and was often sickly and could not do even the simplest of activities most children his age could. Moreover, he was from a low-income family and his parents had to beg and borrow to support the costs of his medications and frequent hospital visits.

If left untreated over the course of time, Phat could suffer Level 2 heart failure, affecting his health and development. He was in a very precarious situation and his condition was potentially life-threatening. Fortunately, with the assistance of Nu Skin SEA CHF, Phat received the necessary heart surgery.

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Name   :   Vu The Bao
Age      :   6 years old

  • Family of 6 in Hung Yen
  • Income: $111/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 14 May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 May 2014
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Name   :   Pham Thuy Hang
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 3 in Thai Binh
  • Income: $26-61/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed June 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 11 July 2014

 

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Name   :   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh
Age      :   Less than 1 year old

Family of 5 in Hanoi
Income: $139/month
CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect, Pulmonary Artery Hypertension
Treatment cost: $2,325
Date admitted to hospital:
Surgery completed: November 20, 2014
Date released from hospital: (not yet)

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Name   :   Pham Duy Thanh
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 9 in Dong Nai
  • Income: $116/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 10 June 2014
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Name   :   Dinh Trong Nam
Age      :   5 years old

  • Family of 3 (Parents abandoned him and his brother, currently lives with his grandfather) in Yen Bai
  • Income: $35/month
  • CHD: Congenital Stenosis of Aortic Valve
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery date: waiting for schedule
  • Date released from hospital: January 2015
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Name   :   Doan The Vinh
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 4 in Haiphong
  • Income: $116/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 28 May 2014
  • Surgery completed August 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 05 Aug 2014

 

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Name   :   Tran Ba Hoang
Age      :   4 years old

  • Family of 5 in Hung Yen
  • Income: $46/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 07 April 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 03 June 2014
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Name   :   Ngo Nguyen Hong Gam
Age      :   3 years old

When Gam and her twin sister were born, her parents were overjoyed. However, life threw a curve ball when it was later discovered that Gam had congenital heart disease. She was frequently sick and required visits to hospitals every week which was not only time-consuming but expensive. She was later diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect-Patent Ductus Arteriosus (VSD-PDA).

Both parents were only seasonal workers, peeling and cleaning cashew nuts for a living. They only made about VND300,000 (USD14) a month and surgery required VND46M (USD2290). They could not afford the high expenses and waited for a miracle. Nu Skin SEA CHF provided the much-needed support and 3-year-old Gam can now look forward to growing up normally and healthily as her twin.

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Name   :   Tran Tra My
Age      :   3 years old

  • Family from southern Vietnam
  • Income: $56/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery: December 2014
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Name   :   Duong Tan Trong
Age      :    2 years old

Duong comes from a family of 5 from Soc Trang. He was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and underwent corrective surgery in July 2015. Duong’s family earns a meagre US$43 a month.

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Name   :   Tran Thi Anh Thu
Age      :   5 years old

  • Family of 7 in Bac Giang
  • Income: $37/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 May 2014
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Name   :   Hoang Ngoc Anh
Age      :   4 years old

  • Family of 7 in Thai Binh
  • Income: $46/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 17 September 2014
  • Surgery Completed September 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 19 September 2014

 

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Name   :   Lam Thi Yen Phuong
Age      :   10 years old

Ten year old Lam comes from a family of 6 in the area of Soc Trang.  She was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and underwent surgery in July 2015.  She is now happy and smiling!

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Name   :   Nguyen Van Nghia
Age      :   8 years old

Nghia was born with congenital heart disease called Ventricular Septal Defect and pulmonary artery hypertension, a potentially life-threatening condition. Due to his illness, he had to travel to the city area for regular check-ups and it took a toll on his parents. His father had abandoned the family and the burden of family support fell on his mother. Eventually, she remarried and the family shouldered on. They had to move closer to the capital to ease the strain of travel but hefty medical expenses were  a constant worry. 

Due to lack of funds and his deteriorating health, Nghia dropped out of school and as time progressed, doctors recommended surgery. With the assistance of Nu Skin SEA CHF, 8-year-old Nghia finally received the life-saving operation and now looks forward to attending school..

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Name   :   Nguyen Thi Truc Ly
Age      :   15 years old

Nguyen lives with her family of four in Soc Trang. Her parents are sole breadwinners earning US$105 a month.  When Nguyen was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and Atrial Septal Defect, her family sought financial assistance from SEACHF. Nguyen underwent successful corrective surgery in July 2015. 

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Name   :   Hoang Thi Binh
Age      :   10 years old

Hoang lives with her parents and an elder brother.  She was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect which caused her to tire easily and experience breathlessness. Her parents bring in a monthly income of US$52 a month and approached SEACHF for assistance.  Hoang had her corrective surgery in  June 2015 and is recovering well.

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Name   :   Dao Thi Thanh Loan
Age      :   7 years old

  • Family of 4 from Hanoi
  • Income: $60/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery: waiting for schedule – December 2014
  • Date released from hospital: January 2015

 

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Name   :   Le Quang Giau
Age      :   2 years old

Le Quang Giau was only 7 months old when he was diagnosed with congenital heart defect. Unfortunately, his family can’t afford the operation needed to save his life.

His father is a retired soldier and ihis mom on the other hand, is a does sales job. Their combined income is $100 USD per month. Unfortunately, this is not enough to cover the basics and their daily essentials. Besides that, both parents have health issues and are unable to take care of their child.

Since birth, Le Quang Giau has been weak and sick. With the support from Nu Skin, he had his surgery and is in good health now.

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Name   :   Tran Ngoc Truc
Age      :   3 years old

Born with congenital heart disease, 3-year-old Truc's parents could not afford the hefty costs of surgery. The cost was estimated at VND68M (USD3383) and with her family's income at only VND1M  (USD50) a month, they and could hardly afford her medications and check-ups.

Although Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is not immediately life-threatening, if left untreated, it could have detrimental health effects as time progressed. Truc’s surgery was delayed due to lack of funds but with the timely support of Nu Skin SEA CHF, Truc was finally able to receive open heart surgery and can now experience a healthy childhood.

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Name   :   Le Thi Hong Van
Age      :   13 years old

  • Family of 4 in Ninh Binh
  • Income: $27/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 21 May 2014
  • Surgery completed July 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 July 2014
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Name   :   Mai Thi Phuong Thuy
Age      :   2 years old

Thuy, aged 2, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, in 2013. However, she started showing symptoms when she was 3 months old - noticeably having frequent fevers, accompanied by coughs and worsened with dyspnea (shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing). It was a worrying situation that forced her mother to stop work and care for her.

It was confirmed that she had a serious heart condition that needed immediate surgery. Her life depended on it but her parents did not have a steady income and work was far and few. In fact, they only lived in a make-shift home and could not afford the VND89M (USD4430) surgery. Thankfully, with the help from Nu Skin SEA CHF, Thuy underwent successful surgery and is now on the road towards full recovery.

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