Memphis Helps Provide Ugandan Girl with Second Chance at Life

Samaritan’s Purse Partners with Rotary International’s Gift of Life, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and a Memphis Family to Save a Child’s Life

This weekend four-year-old Natasha Nyiramugisha will fly thousands of miles to Memphis from her home in Uganda. Although it is a long, difficult trip for this sick little girl, it may be the only way to save her life.

Born with serious heart defects and desperate for treatment not available in her home country, Natasha arrives in Memphis Saturday, May 9, for life-saving heart surgery. International Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse found the girl in Uganda through its Children’s Heart Project and is partnering with Rotary International’s Gift of Life program and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center to give Natasha a chance to experience a normal, healthy childhood.

“This is a child whose family has almost given up hope because they know it is only a matter of time before she will die from her heart condition,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse. “During a time that is difficult for many Americans it is inspiring to see the Memphis community reaching out to those in more desperate need.”


INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Visit Natasha, her mother and their interpreter before or after the surgery at the home of Memphis residents Hope and Allen O’Briant. Hear about their life in Uganda and their experience traveling to Memphis to receive this life-saving opportunity.
  • Speak with representatives from Samaritan’s Purse, Rotary International’s Gift of Life and 
    Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, identifies, provides initial medical screening, and takes care of travel logistics for children overseas who need heart surgery. The organization then matches the children with hospitals and specialists, like those from Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, who perform the surgeries. Along with the hospital, Rotary International’s Gift of Life is covering the expense for all medical procedures. Samaritan’s Purse also arranged for the local family to host Natasha, her mother and an interpreter during her recovery in Memphis.

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