Cross-posted on the UNC Institute for Global Health blog.
The institute’s UNC Project-Uganda has brought an 18-year-old young man, Patrick Kahuma, to UNC Hospitals to repair a narrow heart valve. They are inserting a balloon into the vProalve to widen it. In the U.S. and other developed countries, this procedure would have been done before Patrick turned 2. Patrick has lived with this heart defect for 18 years. He had to drop out of school because he couldn’t make the 6K walk from his village to the school.
He traveled to Chapel Hill with his aunt (he is an orphan) and an interpreter. The procedure is taking place now, and IGHID is live on Twitter during the procedure.
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