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Mongolian toddlers receive life-saving heart surgeries at Vidant

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Two toddlers get a second chance at life just in time for Thanksgiving.    

After almost two years of waiting, the families of 18-month-old Tuguldur Ganzorig and two-year-old Munkhbayar Munkbat received news that they would be flown to the United States for open heart surgery.

"It was scary and at the same time it was exciting because they waited so long," said Mongolian interpreter, Jamtya Jalsamdora.

The toddlers where selected by Samaritan’s Purse, to receive the surgeries free of charge. The surgeries are not available to selected children in their home countries. As part of the program the international organization’s Children’s Heart Project, arranges travel for the children, a family member, and an interpreter to the U>S.

In October, Samaritan Purse’s teamed up with Vidant Medical Center to bring the two toddlers to U.S. for surgery. Since their surgery in mid-October the children have been recovering with the Guion family in New Bern.

Ainslie Guion says this was a great experience for her family.  Guion says while the children received the gift of lie, her family received the gift of friendship.

“The thing that I did not expect is to fall in love with them and it's hard for me to say goodbye," said Guion.

Ganzorig and his mom on scheduled to return to Mongolia on Monday, Munkhbat still has some more follow-up appointments and will return home on Dec. 28th.     

For more information on Samaritan’s Purse click here.

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