“Mending hearts with the love of Jesus” — motto of Hannah's Hearts ministry
Each month, Hannah Linsky, 3, and her family express their love for the tiniest hospital patients.
However, the Linsky's caring efforts have special meaning this week —
Linsky, of Marlow, said she and her husband Chris know only too well what families arriving at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at OU Medical Center's The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center are feeling.
She said little Hannah faced heart troubles in
The Linskys, whose family also includes daughters, Emily, 13; Abbey, 11; and Lucy, 1, said they believe the quick
“A lot of heart babies are sent home before the problem is found and so some don't make it back to the hospital,” Deonna Linsky said.
“Hanna is doing great today. How could we not give back?” Deonna
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Looking for ways to do just that, Linsky said the family began donating funds to Samaritan's Purse initiative called the
Linsky said the family is still involved in those
Linsky said six months after Hannah's successful heart surgery, the family decided to create similar hospitality bags and offer them each month to families at the Ronald
Monday, the bright pink bags emblazoned with the Hannah's Hearts logo were filled with bottled water, a disposable camera,
She said families often arrive in the intensive care unit scared and sleep-
“I know that everyone's situation is a little bit different but at least we can say we care and we're thinking about you and hope that this brings you a little bit of hope,” Linsky told one mother standing vigil beside her child's crib.
Shari Harrell, manager of the Ronald McDonald Family Room, said Hannah's Hearts has been bringing gift bags and providing meals almost since the family room first opened in December three years ago. She said organizations like Hannah's Hearts fit with the family room's mission of support for families of hospitalized children.
“They've been through it and now they're giving back,” Harrell said. “We couldn't do it without them.”
“You don't expect to be in the neonatal intensive care unit when you have a baby,” she said. “It was comforting that other people were here to support us.”
Linsky said her family and friends, including the family's church, Immanuel Baptist in Duncan, have embraced Hannah's Hearts mission.
“It's our ministry because God's done a lot for us,” she said. “I don't know how we would have made it without that strength and that hope from Him.”
Linsky said the material items and the free meal
“The food's good but it kind of gives us an opportunity to open the door with people,” she said.
“I've prayed with some people and they love meeting Hannah. Mostly, I try to listen because people want to tell their stories and I think it helps them. We just want to give them love and hope.”
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For more information about Hannah's Hearts, including the ways to donate funds and meals for families, call (580) 467-8118 or go to www.hannahs
Did you know?
Congenital heart defects
Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant.
Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. The word “congenital” means existing at birth. The terms “congenital heart defect” and “congenital heart disease” are often used to mean the same thing, but “defect” is more accurate.