Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth. These defects affect the structure of the heart and cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Daniella was diagnosed at two years old after she felt very breathless and had high fevers. Daniella often complained to her mother about feeling tired, and it was apparent that despite a full diet, she could not gain weight.
Back in Ghana, Daniella's father, Niskan Joshua, is a building consultant while her mother, Evelyn, works as a government employee. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Daniella’s condition, her mother Evelyn stopped working in January 2020 to be home to take care of Daniella.
“We learned to manage the disease as much as we could. But that meant Daniella could not leave home or play with other children. We did our best to keep her healthy, but by the time Daniella turned two, our cardiologist told us that time was running out. We were advised to seek help in India and began collecting the money to treat our daughter abroad. As you can imagine, this caused great anxiety in our family. We were lucky that through my husband’s work we were made aware of Save a Child’s Heart. His Israeli colleague proved to be our lifeline.”
Once Daniella’s case was accepted by the SACH medical team, another obstacle appeared: “I was terrified. When the borders began to close we were told we’d have to wait to fly. Based on my daughter’s condition, I couldn’t know if she would make it to her next birthday. I was praying that the skies would open up again. And soon enough, after three months of waiting, they did. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to bring my daughter to Israel.”
Daniella, referred to as an empress by her family, loves a tomato and beef Ghanian dish known as Jollof Rice. Her favorite activity is watching cartoons on the phone.
Just before her life-saving procedure, Daniella celebrated her 3rd birthday at the Children's Home. Together, the children sang to her and shared cake. All the while, Daniella's mother hoped that this birthday would be the last that she would worry for the health of her child. Finally, on October 19, 2020 Daniella underwent life-saving heart surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel. She healed at the hospital and returned to the SACH Children’s Home with renewed energy. She quickly made friends with a little girl from Ethiopia and enjoyed spending her days playing.
While in Israel, Daniella's mother expressed her gratitude for the opportunity offered to her family:
“I like it here because I love Save a Child’s Heart. They have saved my daughter’s life and given her the chance to live as healthy and happy a life as she should. When we arrived, Daniella could not make it up a flight of steps. She would gasp for air. Her skin was blue and she frequently complained of fatigue and pain. Now, she is so much happier. She has energy to play with other children. She doesn’t feel sick anymore.”
Just before they left Israel, Daniella and her mother were visited by Her Excellency Mrs. Hannah Ama Nyarko, Ambassador of Ghana to Israel. She wished them well on their journey home.
Save a Child's Heart is so happy to send Daniella home with a healthy heart knowing that now, she can live like any other child.