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Is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children from developing countries where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.
One of every 100 children born in the developing world will never see his or her first birthday because of congenital heart disease, according to the International Children's Heart Foundation. Many children in developing nations who have congenital heart disease are never diagnosed, the foundation says, and never undergo life-saving surgery.
Each year, the Heart Gift Foundation brings children from around the world to Texas for free surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects. They come to Texas for these operations because their home countries lack adequate health care. They leave Texas with repaired hearts - and a new sense of hope for the future.