Project 7 documentary showcases life-saving cardiac care
Local production company tells stories here and in Guyana
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At 15 years old, Stephen Warnica was bitten by the broadcasting bug. Ten years later, he and six university friends joined together to form Project 7 Media Group.
Their upcoming documentary is set to release this fall, following the work of The Guyana Program to Advance Cardiac Care, an organization founded by Stephen’s cardiologist parents that is creating sustainable change by educating and training local physicians and nurses year-round.
Stephen recalls a little boy named Malachi with a congential heart disease who received heart surgery at just one year old. He crashed during surgery, and died five times that night before the surgeons were able to reverse their work. Now, doctors say Malachi won’t live past the age of 10.
“He will sit in my heart forever,” Stephen says. “I understand why my parents are doing this now. Few words can describe how moving the experience is. I am so proud of my parents and the impact they’re making on a whole country.”
The program has led to new facilities such as a cardiac ICU, and has also caught the attention of Trinidad’s President. Project 7 Media Group has also produced instructional videos for International Children's Heart Foundation – an international non-profit that helps young cardiac patients all over the world – and is in the process of creating public service announcements related to heart disease for Guyana, featuring Guyanian celebrities like musician Dave Martins.
“We’re just breaking the surface,” says Stephen. “Both for my parents in their field and Project 7’s involvement within.”
Besides their work in Guyana, Project 7 Media Group also produces social media and marketing videos for local businesses, including real estate and luxury car dealerships. (The name of the company comes from a Jaguar model.) They’re also dabbling in wedding and event videos.
“I love that I get to build a future with the closest friends I have, they’re like my family.”