The Rotary Club of the Bronx is very proud to be a co-sponsor of our eleventh child with the Gift of Life program.

Working with the Rotary Club of the Pelhams, we have brought 3 year old Austin Egberuare to the U.S. from Nigeria for his life-saving surgery to repair his heart. He was accompanied by his mother Gloria and will stay with Megan Charlop for his recovery period.

His surgery was performed at Montefiore Children's Hospital by Dr. Samuel Weinstein on November 16, 2009, and he came through with flying colors.

More photos of the dramatic transformation will be posted as they become available.


Valdren Bytiqi


Valdren Bytyqi arrived from Kosovo with his father Musa. They stayed with a host family in Brooklyn. This sponsorship is at no cost to the Club because Gift of Life (GOL) District 7230 is
covering the sponsorship fee. Valdren will had his surgery on Aug. 17, 2011 at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and we are thrilled to say that it was another dramatic success.




Austin arrived as a very sick little boy. The long trip from Nigeria obviously wore him out.

Austin post-op

Austin hardly looks like the same little boy as he accepts an early Christmas present from the Club presented by President Cheryl Simmons-Oliver (r.).

Richard Hastings




Richard Hastings (at left) came to us, with his mother, from Jamaica in 2011 for his second surgery. He was a very sick baby who was sent home after the surgery to regain strength for a third. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could return. His mother, who is a nurse, keeps in touch with the Club and remains grateful for Gift of Life's efforts to help her son.
Agnessa Birniku (at right) came for her surgery with her mother, Shefije, from Kosovo. She had her surgery in May of 2013. She and her mother stayed with the family of host mom Ernesta Kelmendi for the duration of their stay. Those who visited with them in the hospital the day after the operation could not even believe she had been in surgery the day before as she exhibited no signs of discomfort.
Visar Neziraj from Kosovo arrived with his father, Hetem, at the airport in NY exhibiting some obvious trepidation. The Yorktown Rotary Club co-sponsored this child who received corrective heart surgery at Maria Fareri’s Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center on Dec. 6, 2010.


Agnessa Birniku


Jaedan arrives


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Gift of Life child Enea Aliu (at left) and mother, Ejupi, arrived from Kosovo on March 4, 2015. Her procedure was not as extensive as some and was a more simple catheterization which was done on March 13 and she was allowed to return to the host family's house the next day.

In the photo at left, Jaedan Ramkaran from Trinidad can be seen with his very weary and worried mother Jacqueline when they arrived at the airport. Gift of Life D7230 Chair Georgene Mongarella and our own Ed Hicks were on hand to receive them. Tiny Jaedan is seen at right at a Club meeting post op where he seems to be giving us his best surfer's moves.


Jaedan Ramkaran
a link to a recent letter from Nairaj's mom