4 year old boy

Operated on 22nd April 2009 for aVSD – a hole between the two main pumping chambers of the heart. This defect causes too much blood to flow to the lungs, making the heart have to work harder to supply blood to the body – and if untreated will result in increasing disability, frequent respiratory infections and terminal illness in adolescence or early adulthood.

2 years ago the family were first told that Surgeons would be coming to DR and that he would have chance of getting the operation he needed. Due to the numbers of children need in surgery in the Santiago area Dariel was not able to receive surgery until now – although intermittently sick there were many other children who were sicker. Children with this type of hear defect frequently will suffer from frequent respiratory infections which can happen with increasing frequency if the heart defect is left untreated.

In conversations with Dariel’s mother we were told how Dariel’s heart defect caused him to become heavily congested when he acquired a cold.

Daniel lives with his grandmother, and 17 year old and 20 year old siblings. Her hobbies are her pets and the family animals – chickens , roosters and a dog. Daniel’s mother described her hopes do the future were Health and everything that God wants to shower on their family

When asked if she had anything to say to the team at Artutro Grullon, the ICHF volunteers and Sponsors who made the surgery possible
I am very grateful to everybody that has helped my child.. I have no words to describe the emotion I feel right now… may god bless them always.(all said with tears in her eyes)

Operated April 22, walked out of ICU April 23, home April 25

Interview by Miguel Echevarria
5th year intern medical student at Arturo Grullon Hospital for Ninos

Story and photos by Frank Molloy