The Gabriel Project is named after three-year-old Gabriel Inyunye of Tanzania, East Africa, who died of intractable heart failure before funds could be raised to bring him to the United States for surgery. Gabriel was a patient at the Muhimbili Medical Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Upon Gabriel's death, doctors at the hospital identified two year old William "Willie" Mushi as the patient in need of immediate surgery. With four holes in his heart and a bad aorta, Willie had successful surgery on July 11, 1994, becoming The Gabriel Project's first success story! Gabriel Inyunye will always be watching over us as The Gabriel Project Guardian Angel.