St. Thomas-produced documentary to air on public television Sunday evening

“Lessons From the Heart,” a St. Thomas-produced documentary about a Children’s HeartLink mission to Nairobi, will be shown at 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, on the Twin Cities public television station KTCI (check your local listings for the channel number).

The documentary was produced by Tim Scully of the Communication Studies Department and six students from his Advanced Video Production Course: Letitia Englund, Christina Holm, Amanda Lutz, Lucas Munson, Tom Oszman and Jeff Sauer. They were assisted by Brad Jacobsen, a video producer with the university’s Web and Media Services.

The St. Thomas team traveled to Nairobi a year ago to film the work of Children’s HeartLink, a Twin Cities charity that assembles medical teams and coordinates trips to developing countries. In Nairobi, an American team was teaching advanced surgical techniques and performing life-saving heart operations on children.

The students filmed the work of the doctors and nurses, and also visited former patients and their families. They even brought along a supply of heart valves for the doctors. During the visit they shot hours of videotape that later were molded, Scully wrote in the summer 2003 St. Thomas magazine, “into a story of miracles that happen when people open their eyes and hearts to children in need.”

Englund received St. Thomas’ 2003 Student Service-Learning Award and Scully received the 2003 Outstanding Faculty in Service-Learning Award.

To read the St. Thomas magazine story about their program go to:

For more information about Children’s Heartlink go to


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