Deeya's mom used to stay at home for fear that her daughter's heart could give out at any moment. Her daughter was born with a life-threatening heart defect... and her daughter was born in Iraq. The combination virtually guaranteed that her daughter would never get the lifesaving heart surgery she needed inside the country; after all, the waiting list for kids needing lifesaving heart surgeries is estimated at 30,000.

In August 2010 the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC) worked with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and local non-governmental organizations to bring a surgical team to northern Iraq to begin a robust multi-year training mission for the doctors and nurses of Iraq. In the course of training, we served 25 families and raised the hopes and expectations of medical professionals nationwide; more families than were sent outside the country by PLC in any 12 month period to date.

In the process, Deeya received her lifesaving heart surgery. She now has a healthy, happy heart thanks to the support of everyone who donated to bring the surgical team to Iraq and thanks to the cooperation of the KRG. And, in her mother's words, they "are not afraid anymore!"

preemptivelove.org/deeya

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