Help with little Peniel’s heart surgery

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Leila’s four-year old classmate needing heart surgery. Those of you who followed the story know that when the heart surgeon opened Peniel up, it wasn’t quite what he expected from the preliminary scan. Since they needed equipment that isn’t available in Nairobi, the surgeon sewed Peniel back up without taking any further action. They are currently trying to find a way to get Peniel to the states so that they can perform this important surgery.

Some of you asked how you can help. The cost of the aborted surgery came to 327,668.00 Kenya Shillings (about $4,650 USD). It is not covered by insurance because it is considered to be a “pre-existing” condition. This is obviously a huge burden for any African graduate student.

Wycliffe Bible Translators have set up a fund for Peniel’s Heart Surgery. You can mail a check to Wycliffe at the following address (see instructions below) or donate on-line through Wycliffe’s donation site (credit card or electronic check). I personally tested the site.

Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200 Orlando, FL 32862-8200  USA

The check should be accompanied by a note clearly designating the gift: 
“MEDICAL NEED NONGNIDE”;  account number: 211559

You can also add a note: “For Prosper & Catherine Nongnide; heart surgery for Peniel.”

If you prefer to use PayPal and don’t need a tax write-off, you can click on the “donate” button here, and Christi or I will hand them the cash directly. (It’s our personal account, so we won’t be able to give you any tax receipts, sorry.) Anything you can do for this family will be greatly appreciated.


To e-mail Prosper and Catherine encouragement, click on this link: Prosper’s e-mail. Prosper and Cathrine are from Benin, where Prosper is a Bible translator, and they have a little two-year-old daughter as well. They are both quality people.

Following are the contacts for the surgeon who is trying to arrange for Peniel’s tranfer to the US in case anyone wants to help.

Hani Hennein, MD FACS FAAP
Chief of Cardiac Surgery
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital 
Professor of Surgery
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio USA
Contact: Dr. Hennein’s e-mail

2 thoughts on “Help with little Peniel’s heart surgery

  1. Ben,

    This is heartbreaking. I’m going to make a small donation now. It’s all I can afford for now.


  2. Ben says:

    You are a good man! They will definitely appreciate your generosity and your prayers. Every bit helps.

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