Danny Ezequiel Jimenez Sarmiento is a 6-year-old Honduran boy who was born with a medical condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot.
It is a condition that restricts the supply of oxygen to his body, rendering him exhausted most of the time, and creates a cyanotic condition that turns his lips and nails blue from lack of oxygen. (Go here then scroll down for more details.)
District 7190 Gift of Life (GOL) hopes to correct that condition in late August or early September when Danny is brought to the Capital Region for cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center thanks to a $11,000 donation from the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.
Danny lives with his eight-year-old sister, Katy, and their parents in a rented one-room, concrete-block house in Honduras. Dad is a mason, mom is a housewife and mother.
In announcing the recipient, the board of Gift of Life 7190 said it “would like to commend the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club for the tremendous accomplishment of raising the necessary funds to sponsor this child — plus a little bit extra for the next child.”
The Gift of Life’s annual golf and bocce tournament, a major fundraiser for ongoing medical work, is scheduled for Thursday, September 11. They hope to have Danny there as a special guest. Details to come.