This year, as we celebrate the 61st anniversary of the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights, the story of Eduardo Loredo reminds us that the great inequality in our society remains.
While most children wish for the latest toys and gadgets for Christmas, there is a 14 year old boy who wishes for a heart so he can live a normal life.
Eduardo Loredo was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, an illness in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged, and cannot pump blood efficiently. Eduardo was first hospitalized at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO in July 2009 and was there for three months before being sent home on Oct. 14, 2009. Since Eduardo or his family didn't have health insurance or the money to pay for the heart transplant, the family was told that a $500,000 payment would be required to place Eduardo on the waiting list for a heart.
This boy now needs our help to get the heart he desperately needs.