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AMERICA

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Projects

How does it feel to save a life?

The club has raised sig- nificant amounts of money over the past seven years to enable two children to have life-saving surgery through Rotary international’s Gift of life program. Rizze, a toddler from the Philip- pines, received a corrective heart procedure in 2003 at Montefiore hospital in a borough of New York city. Doctors and nursing per- sonnel donated their servic- es, while the Nanuet Rotary club contributed $6,000 for travel and related expenses.

Recovery....the surgery was successful

Jhostyn recuperates after surgery with his fathe , Marco, nearby International Life Magazine

Rizze and her mother lived with a club member during the two-week ordeal and club members provided all transportation to and from the hospital and airport.

Similarly, Jhostyn, a young boy from Bolivia, traveled to america with his dad in 2008. They resided in the home of Jill and George Pejoves, a bilingual Rotar- ian family, while Jhostyn un- derwent the heart operation which is now enabling him to live a normal life. all hos- pital and physicians’ servic- es at Maria Ferari children’s hospital in New York were donated, whereas the Nan- uet Rotary club paid for all travel and other expenses. Jhostyn had been diagnosed with a ventricular septal de- fect just before the age of two. any exertion exhausted him; without corrective sur- gery his physical and men- tal growth would have been significantly impaired, most likely ending his precious life. in his native la Paz, Bo- livia, the corrective surgical procedure would have cost a prohibitive $80,000. For- tunately, a Bolivian Rotarian connected the family with the Gift of life program,

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