Geoffrey: one boy, perthes disease, 3 heart defects, and acute stigmatization

Geoffrey and his twin brother, Wainaina, are 14 years old. They are the last born children in their family. They have two sisters and a brother. They live in Limuru, a cool and wet agricultural countryside in the highlands of Kenya. Geoffrey always appeared physically weaker than his twin since birth and his development milestonesContinue reading “Geoffrey: one boy, perthes disease, 3 heart defects, and acute stigmatization”

7 years ago- today. Kelvin’s new lease of life

It is a fairly chilly morning when the Care For A Child’s Heart (CFACH) team arrive at Kelvin Irungu’s home in the transit town of Mlolongo, Machakos County. Kelvin Irungu and his two brothers; Reagan and Maxwell are cuddled together in one seat watching cartoons. It had rained the previous night and so their motherContinue reading “7 years ago- today. Kelvin’s new lease of life”

Rising above Rheumatic Heart Disease: Patricia’s journey

The click clack of her high heels announces somebody is coming into the office. It is most likely our expected guest, Patricia Mwende, who is joining as an intern. She steps in with her smile ear to ear, almost instantly warming up an otherwise chilly morning.  We are glad to receive her; because the positionContinue reading “Rising above Rheumatic Heart Disease: Patricia’s journey”

Ryan: heart defect warrior aiming for the skies

For the first three years of his life, Ryan Mbuvi was strong and healthy. His growth and development milestones were normal. The only ailments he had on very few occasions of his young life were common cold and flu which were no cause for alarm. He showed no signs of an underlying critical illness. WhenContinue reading “Ryan: heart defect warrior aiming for the skies”

Asha Adan: Discriminated for her heart defect

When she was still a baby, Asha was diagnosed with cyanotic heart defect.  Her community believes this to be a curse and so she has to stay away from people. She cannot socialize with her age mates. She is surrounded by silence and loneliness, as her community deems fit. It is stigmatization so severe thatContinue reading “Asha Adan: Discriminated for her heart defect”

#Run with Solo: CFACH president running 2020 Kms to raise support for programs

Solomon Musyimi grew up in Nairobi before moving to the United States 20 years ago for further studies. He is grateful to have a healthy heart and this drives his passion to help children with heart defects get the medical help they need to lead normal lives. The Lenana School alumnus is the President ofContinue reading “#Run with Solo: CFACH president running 2020 Kms to raise support for programs”

Sahara is home after a successful surgery

Sahara is the 2nd born in her family. She has a history of heart murmur and cyanosis (bluish color of the skin and mucus membranes). She was diagnosed with MAPCAS (arteries that develop to supply blood to the lungs when the native pulmonary circulation is underdeveloped); Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a hole that allows blood toContinue reading “Sahara is home after a successful surgery”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

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