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[Transfer of Heart Surgery Technology to Zambia: We heard from the patient’s mother (2)]
The third case is a 21-year-old adult male who is recovering well. We spoke to the mother. The patient lives in a town about 200 km south of Lusaka and is the second oldest of five siblings.
<What symptoms have your son had for a long time? >
The other children grew up healthy, but my eldest son had a lot of chest pains from the time he was small. He also tired very easily from running, walking, and even small activities, and I was very worried because he could not exercise like the other children. He has been in and out of the hospital since then and stopped school at Grade 9.
＜What was your son’s treatment like? >
When our son was 6 years old, he was seen by a witch doctor (a common practice locally), but his symptoms did not improve and our family was at a loss. We then consulted a local health care provider and received a referral, and when he was 8 years old he was seen at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and started receiving monthly prescriptions for antibiotics. Later, when his symptoms worsened and he was 19 years old, he was admitted to a local hospital and then transferred to UTH.
<How is your son doing after this surgery? >
He is recovering very well, and the smile I had not seen for many years has returned to my son’s face. Both he and our family are truly happy that he does not have to suffer from the symptoms that he used to have. Thanks to the medical teams in Japan and Zambia, we believe that this is truly a miracle. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the people of Japan for their support.
My son has realized the greatness of medicine through this case and says that he would like to be involved in medicine and medical care in the future.