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Six years ago at the height of the Sunni and Shi'ite confrontation in Iraq, Jeremy Courtney and his wife tried to answer this exact question when they moved to Iraq.
As many Iraqi citizens fled, Courtney and his wife saw an opportunity to help this now War torn country.
While in Iraq they were approached by a man asking for help with his daughter who was born with a hole in her heart.
During times of war "Brain Drain" occurs, meaning that the best and brightest of the country leave because they have the means to do so. The people that usually end up leaving are the doctors and lawyers.
Once the doctors leave there is no longer health care and many citizens are left to fend for themselves.
Seeing the need for hospital care and an opportunity for change Courtney created the Preemptive Love Coalition.
The goal of the Coalition was to bring Health Care to this devastated region.
In the beginning of the program Iraqi children with heart problems were sent to different countries for surgery. When Courtney realized this was not fixing the problem they began to bring doctors into Iraq. Courtney said "Bringing doctors into Iraq" was a crucial step in gaining sustainable health care for the Iraqi population.
In America and worldwide heart defects are the biggest problem among children. American children and children in developed countries get the surgery they need. In Iraq, with the lack of doctors and equipment, they do not have this option. The children are just lining up in Iraq in hopes of receiving heart surgery that will save their lives.
Courtney talks more about his experiences and stories on Iraq in his new book Preemptive Love coming out October 1st.
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