A shocking heart

It takes a lot to shock our volunteer medicos. But cardiologist Dr Simon Eggleton was stunned when he looked at the ultrasound of Timotio’s heart valve, and the damage caused by rheumatic heart disease. The narrowing was the most severe he had seen – so it’s no surprise that Timotio had been weak, breathless and struggling to go to school and study. All of that is in the past now, following a high-tech mitral balloon procedure Eastern Heart Clinic last week. Yesterday, the 21-year-old had a check-up and this time, the results were a pleasant surprise. Timotio will soon be back to Timor-Leste, and with renewed good health, can work toward his dream of studying to become a doctor.

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