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Heart disease patient needs support for overseas treatment

Sep 7, 2020, 1:18 PM | Article By: Fatou Bojang

A 23 year-old Gambian female who has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease since 2014 is seeking assistance to undergo overseas medical treatment.

Nyimasatou Kinteh, a housewife who lives in Fajikunda has been battling with the life threatening disease for a number of years.

According to her medical report, a transthoracic echocardiogram was done on her and showed a large perimembranous ventricular septal defect measuring 2.4cm showing bi-directional shunt across the defect.

“Left ventricular end diastolic diameter was 4.2cm and ejection fraction was 70%. There was mild right ventricular hypertrophy and mild to moderate pulmonary regurgitation. Pulmonary systolic pressure was mildly elevated (EPASP: 40mmHg),” The report stated.

Due to lack of facilities for the surgery in The Gambia, the report recommended for the said patient to be taken to overseas in a country with such a facility so she can undergo the surgery as soon as possible.

It further indicates that without the surgery to close the VSD, the shunt will reverse and Nyimasatou will develop pulmonary hypertension and subsequently experience heart failure.

The 23 year-old is therefore seeking financial support from any concerned individual/institution that can offer a helping hand to save her life.

Anyone willing to help Nyimasatou can contact the following numbers: +220 7657492, 2102008 or 2461147.

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