Little Marvin to Get Life-Saving Heart Surgery

Thanks to the compassionate efforts of many, little Marvin Naanai from faraway Kiribati in the Central Pacific is about to have life-saving heart surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Marvin, just two years old, has a ventricular septal defect (VSD), according to volunteer cardiologist Dr. Seven Compton of the Alaska Heart Institute, who diagnosed Marvin while on Christmas Island two months ago. “He requires urgent cardiac surgery,” Dr. Compton said.

A wonderful organization, HeartGift of Dallas, has stepped in and arranged for surgery for Marvin later this month at Childrens Medical Center, a part of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Kristine Guleserian, MD, surgical director.

With the help of our partners at Mending Kids International and American Airlines Miles for Kids, we were able to bring Marvin and his mother to Dallas last week, with surgery now scheduled for Sept. 19.

Marvin and his mother will stay with HeartGift volunteers and be cared for until he is ready to return home. ” We are hopeful for a new chance at a full and productive life for little Marvin. We at HeartGift Dallas are excited and honored to be able to share in the life of these two individuals,’ said Ms. Barbara Johnson, HeartGift Dallas president.