Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Movie Review and Giveaway: Three Hearts

A few weeks ago, I posted about Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day and what it means to our family. It was a special treat to receive an email a few days later with an offer to review Three Hearts by Samaritan's Purse. This movie tells the story of three children that were born with a complex congenital heart defect and were not able to receive the medical care that we often take for granted in America.

About the movie (from the producers):
A passionate team of people work to save the lives of three Mongolian children with life-threatening heart defects.

Graduating college senior, Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, takes on an internship at Samaritan’s Purse working with the Children’s Heart Project. This project is dedicated to saving the lives of children by providing medical procedures that aren’t available in many countries. Cissie is charged with supervising the arrival and surgeries of three Mongolian children suffering from fatal congenital heart defects.

But the task is not easy and filled with unexpected challenges.  Cissie balances responsibilities as a newly married wife to a professional football player and her tasks with the internship.  Meanwhile the Children’s Heart team turns to a Texas family who travels to Mongolia for the adventure of a lifetime to help bring the children to San Antonio for their surgeries.  In Texas, two host families make sacrifices to care for these children and their mothers, while a team of doctors and nurses volunteer their time only to stare directly into the face of life and death. How far would you go to save a life?

It’s a fight for survival, a fight of faith, and a fight for a new life for these three hearts.

What I thought:
When I watched the first ten or fifteen minutes of this movie, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I wasn't expecting it to be filmed as a documentary. Before long, I was emotionally drawn to the stories of the three children and their families. I couldn't stop watching.

This movie was very gripping. It affected me more than I thought it would. Perhaps there's something about every cardiac intensive care unit that made the hospitals in Texas look eerily familiar. Maybe it's because Toogi was three years old when she had her heart mended; Lauren was three years old when we handed her over to the surgical team that replaced her heart. I've been a mom living in a hospital away from home while my child waited for a second chance at life, and the stories of these moms touched me in a way that I really can't describe. My heart breaks knowing that there are hundreds more children overseas that are waiting for their chance to get the heart surgery they so desperately need.

I'd highly recommend this movie to most families. It may, however, hit too close to home for families that have dealt with similar medical issues, and the operating room scenes may be a bit too graphic for some people. 

More information:
You can order your own copy of Three Hearts from for only $19.99. Two different movie trailers are available on YouTube; I recommend this one. More information about Samaritan's Purse and the Children's Heart Project is available on their website here.

I'm happy to be able to offer a DVD copy of Three Hearts to a lucky reader. Please follow the Rafflecopter directions below to enter the random giveaway.

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