LIFE SAVING TREATMENTS
Yet another case of mitral valve surgery arising due to the presence of Rheumatic Heart Valve Disease. PANAHF managed to secure some funding as well as consumables for the surgery and reduced the total cost which was being sponsored by her employer.
JN is a 34 year old gentleman that we discovered during the April 2013 Kabarak screening to have Rheumatic Heart Valve Disease requiring double valve surgery. This was undertaken in Nairobi through a welfare program with minimal financial impact to him and JN is now back on his farm with his family.
EO, aged 21, was also discovered in the April 2013 Kabarak heart screening. She underwent single valve surgery in October 2013 financed by PANAHF.
Patient Peninah Wekesa
On the morning of Sunday 30th October 2011, 29-year-old Peninah Wekesa underwent open heart surgery at Guru Nanak Ramgharia Sikh Hospital. She suffered many years following a simple sore throat infection as a child which went untreated with antibiotics. With repeated infections the heart valve was gradually destroyed leading to heart failure. With only a matter of months to live, short of breath and unable to even sleep at night, Peninah was not able to raise any money for her surgery. Her case was fully subsidised by PANAHF and undertaken at GNRSH.
Patient Mary Muthoni
Mary Muthoni is a 39yr old lady living in Kangemi slums on the outskirts of Nairobi with her 7 children.She had a severely narrowed mitral valve with high pressures in her lungs. Due to this a second valve on her right side was leaking. Mary was severely short of breath and without surgery she had 2-3 years to live. Mary’s surgery was successful, she recovered well and is now at home with her family.
On the morning of Wednesday October 22nd 2008, 24-year-old George underwent open heart surgery lasting 5 hours. During this operation his mitral valve, a structure that separates the two left sided chambers of the heart, was replaced with a mechanical valve. While the blood from his heart was diverted to a heart-lung machine, the PANAHF team, led by Mr Raj Jutley, opened the heart and replaced the damaged valve with a carbon one. Prior to his surgery George could only walk 100 yards before stopping with shortness of breath. Now after the operation he has restored not only his exercise tolerance but also a normal healthy life.
In December 2013, RK, a 17 year old boy travelled to Bangalore via A & K Global Health to treat a complicated cardiac case that was not possible to treat locally. Using modern technology he underwent the procedure without the need to open his chest. He is now doing well and leading a normal life and enjoying playing football which he previously could not.
SO’s parents approached PANAHF early 2014 seeking assistance to raise funds for their 9 year old suffering from Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease. Despite an attempt at surgery locally, she was still very unwell. Together with our partners A&K Global Health and our partner hospital in India, she was sent for treatment in September 2014.
JN was suffering from congenital heart disease as well as a mechanical defect and needed a double surgery for a Mitral Valve Replacement in addition to closure of an Arterial Septal Defect. Her surgery was undertaken in October 2015 at a subsidised cost.
HE was suffering from a congenital heart disease called Atrial Septal Defect, more commonly known as “a hole in the heart.” Unable to raise the funds to have it done at a local hospital in Nairobi, she approached PANAHF for assistance. She was successfully operated upon in October 2013 at a subsidised cost.
MS was diagnosed with Arterial Septal Defect as an incidental finding during a check up. She had lived with this congenital heart disease for over 50 years without realising her symptoms were related to heart disease. She was finally operated in July 2015.
WM required a metallic Mitral Valve Replacement which at her young age would have interfered with her child bearing abilities. She was operated at our partner hospital in October 2015 and underwent a successful operation to repair the valve as opposed to replacing it with a metal one and therefore can now lead a normal life
LP underwent an urgent Aortic Valve Replacement in August 2016 after he was diagnosed to have sever regurgitation in his bicuspid valve. This is one of the cases we are pleased to have caught and treated in time.
PV approached PANAHF after being diagnosed with SVT tachycardia which occurs when the heart’s electrical system doesn’t work correctly, therefore causing the heart to beat very fast. He underwent a procedure called SVT Ablation in July 2016 and now has a corrected heart rhythm.
He was admitted to Nairobi Hospital with breathing difficulty and received Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) under the care of Dr. Charles Kariuki. JM was unable to meet the hospital bill and all efforts to fund raise the remaining amount of GBP 6,500. The local cardiology team kindly waived all charges and PANAHF was approached to assist with the remaining hospital charges. PANAHF contributed just over 25% of the outstanding amount at GBP 1,600 (USD $2,500). JM was discharged with improvement in his symptoms and able to return to his family.
JK was suffering from a rare heart condition causing severe pulmonary artery stenosis resulting in less blood going to his lungs. Due to this he was unable to carry out his daily activities and take care of his family. PANAHF facilitated his surgery with a visiting team from USA in March 2014 and he is now living a comfortable life.
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