Help Us Share Their Stories: Fund 'Tiny Hearts' Documentary Launch

Global Cardiac Alliance is seeking your support to cover our remaining final expenses which include the final round of mixing for the songs used in the film, festival registration, and travel expenses.

Our goal is to raise $35,000 to address these needs.

Introducing Global Cardiac Alliance


Stories from Iran – After Lifesaving Surgery, Aylin’s Parents Dream About Her Future

“You’re beautiful,” Aylin’s mother sings to her. “We love you Aylin, the world is so beautiful with you in it.” Aylin or “Ducky” as we call her, fought for her life from the day she was born, but she doesn’t have much to help her fight. Her mother whispers and sings to her, all six …

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6pm in the ICU

Libya. Wednesday, 5:57 pm. ICU. We’ve dimmed most of the lights, so the patients can sleep more easily. Sleep is valuable medicine. Rouana’s mom sits beside her, gently cleaning tape scum off of her face with a damp piece of gauze, then feeding her a bottle. She talks in a soft voice, tipping her head …

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The Importance of Time

There is a bed in the ICU that has developed a special function over the last few surgical missions. It’s tucked in the back corner and quiet—it’s for resting and growing. It’s a bit like a greenhouse nursery for healing babies. Open heart surgery can be traumatic for little bodies. We see some children bounce …

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Saleh’s Journey In Five Photos

Saleh before surgery, happy to be in his father’s arms. Saleh, the morning after his open heart surgery: sitting up straight in bed, demanding water. Yelling, actually. At the end of his bed: a stash of treasures his parents brought, including packs of stickers, two plastic horns, a kaleidoscope, and a yoyo. Already played with …

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Why Libya?

“More than 80% of our hospitals are either closed or not functioning properly” – Reida El Oakley, eastern Minister of Health, Libya. “The instability exacerbates an already catastrophic situation. The so-called Islamic State group has established a stronghold around the coastal city of Sirte; a bombing campaign by a coalition of western powers is probable. …

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“Where does the blood flow come from? And where does it go?” Dr. Rodriguez paused a moment before repeating “Where does the blood come from, and where does it go?” Dr. Rodriguez was talking as much to himself as he was to the local cardiologists beside him. He carefully studied the illuminated echocardiogram screen, then …

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