To Hopeful Hearts Guangzhou founder Asha Hoffman, the sound of a beating heart is more beautiful than any melody ever composed because it is the sound of life.
To Hopeful Hearts Guangzhou founder Asha Hoffman, the sound of a beating heart is more beautiful than any melody ever composed because it is the sound of life. That’s why the native born Dutch woman set up her organization in 2012 to help children with life-threatening cardio conditions.
Last year, Hopeful Hearts saved the lives of nine children.
“The first time I heard of Hopeful Hearts, I was living in Chongqing,” said Hoffman, who was impressed by what the organization does through another contact in the Chongqing Hopeful Hearts and got interest to the team. So one year later, the Dutch woman, who is also a mother, finally decided to set up the Hopeful Hearts team in Guangzhou when they moved here.
As a charitable organization, Hopeful Hearts was first founded in Nanjing by two expat women, Helene and Mira, who found an abandoned baby on the side of the road. Later, the baby was discovered to have a heart defect that finally took his life.
The two women then decided to set up Hopeful Hearts to raise funds for surgery for children with urgent and complex heart conditions. “I was quite inspired by them,” said Hoffman. “I think I want to do something for China so I just started it when I moved to Guangzhou.”
After moving to Guangzhou, Hoffman learned that many new-born babies from low income families are given up after testing positive for heart diseases. “It’s very sad to know that, for them, it’s a matter of no money means no life,” said Hoffman. “When the problem comes to their second-child, third-child, especially if it’s a girl, they have problems.”
Heart surgery costs for newborns can be more than 50,000 yuan (about USD 8,000). Some local poor families have an annual income of only 7,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan (about USD 112 to USD 1600).