Local Hospitals Provide Life-saving Medical Work for Children in Need


Imagine if your child was unable to run and play like the rest of their friends and family. That unfortunate circumstance was a reality for 4-year-old, Daniel Ambikiire, and 3-year-old, Elijah Sebuliba. The two young boys had holes in their hearts leaving them barely able to walk without resting. Through the Children’s Heart Project and a joint initiative between Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Daniel and Elijah received lifesaving open-heart surgery, giving them the ability to live active, healthy lives in their homes in Uganda.

The Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project works with top-quality hospitals to provide surgery for children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available.

Did You Know?

The Children’s Heart Project through the Samaritan’s Purse has helped more than 1,100 children since 1997. Thirty-eight children have received critically important surgeries in the past 15 years through a partnership between Vidant Medical and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.


Service Areas

Vidant Medical Center serves 1.4 million people in 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina. 

Samaritan’s Purse provides aid to individuals in need both domestically and internationally.

Learn more about the Samaritan’s Purse here. Learn more about Vidant Medical Center here.


Brendan Ward