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Ronaldo Carlos Ramirez, 7, smiles with Brenda Flores, 10, as they sit in a waiting room with their mothers, Martha Ramirez, left, and Rosa Flores at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU on Monday. Both children recently had surgery for congenital heart defects at the institute. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Ronaldo Carlos Ramirez, 7, smiles with Brenda Flores, 10, as they sit in a waiting room with their mothers, Martha Ramirez, left, and Rosa Flores at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU on Monday. Both children recently had surgery for congenital heart defects at the institute. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Surgery gives children new hope

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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Most children take running, playing outside and attending school for granted.

But 10-year-old Brenda Flores and 7-year-old Ronaldo Ramirez didn’t have those options until the beginning of November.


Both children were born with heart defects in Honduras, but earlier this month those defects were fixed thanks to the Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project and a team of doctors and community members in Greenville.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart