The Med City is once again living up to its reputation of providing world class care.
Four children from Mongolia are in Rochester to undergo heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Monday. They’ve traveled more than 6,000 miles and are staying with host families, one of which has experience with the Cardiology Department at Mayo.
“We have a lot of empty bedrooms in our house, so why not!” said one of the host family members, Pam Dose.
The mother of one of the children was able to speak to KTTC with help from a translator.
“Then in December they called us and told us we got the news that he had been selected, and that was the best news,” Batsaikhan Munkhtuya said through the translator.
The children, ages one and a half to eight, are part of the Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project. They’re four of more than 1,000 kids having heart surgery in the U.S. because the care at home isn’t easy to get.
“In the past we tried to take actions on our own, if there was anything we can do, but it was going to take a long time and lots of finance and it was difficult, but we received good news from Samaritan’s Purse and we’re very thankful,” Munkhtuya said through the translator.
This week, all four of them will undergo surgery, hoping to get a second chance at living a normal life.
“We are peaceful, and happy, and excited,” said one of the children’s grandmothers, Hurgaa Otgonbayar.
They are four families feeling the global impact of the Med City, and kids getting loving care just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Mayo Clinic is one of about 65 hospitals in North America who have participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project.