Omer is 5, but he weighs the same as a 2-year-old child.
At the age of seven months, he was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot: a congenital heart defect that causes frequent fits, especially on waking up, after meals, or after crying. These critical spells have various negative consequences and can also lead to convulsions. Without a difficult surgical operation, there are no chances of survival for those suffering from this disease.
Omer’s family recently moved to Port Sudan, where we met him at the EMERGENCY Pediatric Center. When his parents brought him to us after yet another fit, he was unconscious and had stopped breathing. We revived him and kept him in the hospital. Omer was very lucky, for not only was he living in a city where we work, but at that time an EMERGENCY cardiologist was carrying out a screening session at the Port Sudan Pediatric Center to identify patients to be sent to The Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum for operations.
Sofia, our cardiologist, examined Omer and confirmed the diagnosis. She immediately prescribed treatment to reduce the fits, and put him on a waiting list for an operation at The Salam Center, where our heart surgeons will perform the intervention free of charge.
Marsalama Omer! Goodbye Omer! See you in Khartoum.
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