Little boy from Belize undergoes lifesaving surgery in Houston


A 4-year-old boy from Belize underwent lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital through the HeartGift program.

The HeartGift program provides surgeries that will save the lives of children from areas wheres specialized medical treatment does not exist.

The child from Belize, identified only as Jose, was the recipient of this year’s lifesaving gift On Sept. 15. He traveled from the village of Franks Eddy in Belize to Houston through the HeartGift program.

Jose’s surgery was a success, but will be staying in Houston until Oct. 7 to get checkups before heading back home.

The HeartGift program said Jose and his mother, identified only as Brenda are staying with a generous couple in Tomball, Texas, while Jose recuperates.

Jose is the 25th patient to be helped by the HeartGift program in Houston, according to the program. 

“HeartGift Houston is very proud of reaching this milestone.  This accomplishment is possible because of the generosity of the medical, international and philanthropic communities of Houston and the years of support they have given HeartGift,” said Rachael Wright, the program's Executive Director.