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Healthcare help: From places you couldn’t have imagined

13th Apr, 2015

Healthcare help: From places you couldn’t have imagined

In Bolivia, this phrase is certainly ringing true regarding a very troublesome heart condition which is present there.

Patent ductus arteriosus is a congenital heart disorder which, put simply, produces a hole in the heart. Due to extremely high altitude pressure, babies born in La Paz are at a much higher risk of developing PDA.

The surgeon carrying out life-saving operations on children in the video below explains how it is exactly this way of thinking, the simplest solution, that is key to the success of the procedure.

Taking advantage of the exceptional knitting skills of local women, the team have developed an answer to this debilitating condition that is simple to perform and respects the beliefs of locals. The results speak for themselves:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32041815

*CREDIT: BBC News Channel. Ignacio de los Reyes - La Paz.

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