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Here are a couple news stories about Patrick. His surgery is scheduled for tomorrow (05/15). We would appreciate your prayers for tomorrow.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/5157479/

http://orange.mync.com/site/Orange/news/story/34603/unc-teams-with-local-family-to-help-heal-ugandan-teens-heart/

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Patrick and Jane

Patrick and Jane

Patrick (18) was orphaned as a young child. He grew up in the village of Kaihura in Western Uganda. In 2007, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. Two years later, he arrives at Raleigh/Durham International Airport in anticipation of corrective surgery.

Cardiologists and Surgeons from UNC Chapel Hill, in collaboration with physicians from DC Children’s Hospital have been working for several years to establish a Pediatric Heart program at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Under the leadership of Drs Craig Sable and Keith Kocis hundreds of children have been evaluated. Every fall, a team travels to Kampala and several surgical procedures are performed.
In 2008, Patrick was examined by these physicians and diagnosed with two defects (pulmonary stenosis and atrial septal defect) which have significantly affected his heart’s function. Without corrective surgery, he would likely die prematurely of complications. The required procedure was deemed too risky to be done in Uganda at this time, and the work began to try to bring Patrick to the US for surgery. In partnership with other organizations, UNC Healthcare has accepted Patrick to receive the surgery that he needs. It is scheduled for May 18th, 2009.

Patrick and Friends

Patrick and Friends

To learn more about the UNC Uganda Heart program, click here:
http://globalhealth.unc.edu/unc-project-uganda.php

Gift of Life International has connected over 10,000 children in 30+ years to hospitals worldwide for medical procedures. In 2008, they committed to helping 30 children from Uganda through the “Our Hearts Are In Uganda” Project. They have been flown to 25 hospitals in 13 nations. Patrick is one of these children. For more information about GOLI,
Visit http://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/pages/uganda.php . This year, a group of students of UNCW in Wilmington, NC created a fundraising event involving skateboarding, music and art and partnered with GOLI specifically to raise funds to benefit Patrick’s journey and medical care. They were able to raise $6,000. Chris Kluesener and four of his co-workers in the “Live For Life 2009” event came and visited with Patrick, shooting hoops, passing a soccer ball and learning about Uganda. Contact Chris at chris@thrustclothing.com

Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with UNC, GOLI and Embrace Uganda to bring Patrick here. They have been on the ground in Uganda for many years, providing staff and support to help children like Patrick. They facilitated his initial evaluation at Mulago Hospital. They have provided assistance with coordination of airline travel for all of the children in the Children’s Heart Project, and are supporting host families with logistical support and interpreters. Learn more at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

A great big THANK YOU to all of the above organizations… THANK YOU also to individuals who have given to Embrace Uganda to help make this possible. As Embrace Uganda, we are able to contribute more than $10,000 to this effort to bringing healing to Patrick. This would not be possible without the commitment and the love of people who continuously put others before themselves.

Please use the Prayer Card as a reminder to pray for Patrick each day.

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Uganda Team Update

Today was Community Day and it was awesome!
Over 800 people came! Our team bought every soda in Kaihura and another place and were able to give away 796 cans of soda in all. A good portion of the time, our team had joyful
tears in their eyes, because it was so overwhelming! After the day was over, the kids were sent to bed. Tomorrow will be a good day of rest for all!
They also participated in a graduation ceremony with the girls.
Coach Woody was given an opportunity to meet with the local pastors.
They asked if he would teach them how to teach the children about the Bible and were calling him “Teacher Woody from Trinity Academy”. Coach Woody said that nothing that he has ever seen or experienced, including his days when he helped alongside his parents at the Durham Rescue Mission, could have prepared him for what he experienced today. Beyond words that could describe.

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Uganda Team Update

We’ve had another great day!. We visited the community of Koreng
and distributed 150 blankest to cover 300 children who have never
owned blankets before. This is a result of the Embrace Uganda
fundraising in the last few months. A truly amazing experience
for us and the kids on the team. We also got to meet some of
Michael and Cossy’s extended family, all in the middle of spectacular
countryside.

Dirk

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Good news! Everyone is healthy and doing great! Our Advance Team is presently staying in Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala. Today, they visited an orphanage of 84 children. The bonding that took place with the children and our team’s children was simply amazing and remarkable!

Here are a couple of quotes from some Trinity students on the team –

Victoria Oliver – “This is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced in my entire life!”
John Sibert – “It is hot, fun, and really pretty!”

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