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The international nonprofit Healing the Children tries to bring four children each year to the Barrington hospital to receive treatment for conditions that cause heart arrhythmias like the boys'.
“We bring kids here for surgeries they couldn’t get at home,” Jeff Degner, HTC's Illinois-Indiana chapter president said.
Chavez and Moran are staying with Liz Schauer and her husband in Barrington, while they undergo their respective procedures and recover.
“We aren’t ready to have kids yet, but we have extra bedrooms,” Schauer said. “It seemed like a great opportunity.”
The boys left their homes in El Salvador, which have electricity but no plumbing, in 86-degree weather. They arrived to 26-degree weather, Degner said.
Barrington chapters of Rotary International donated coats, hats and shoes so the two could better adjust to the drastic temperature change, Monique Jungel, a member of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, said.