As we send more of our patients out for heart surgery in India and America, more patients require follow up care in Ethiopia. Patients suffering from rheumatic heart disease often need their native valves replaced with mechanical valves.
These patients require lifelong oral blood thinners (warfarin or coumadin). They must have periodic blood tests to monitor their blood coagulation after surgery and adjust the dose accordingly. In the past, we sent our patients labs in Addis Ababa to check their INR test.
Now things have improved: Henry Schein, Inc donated a portabe INR machine, about the size of a pocket calculator, that allows us to check our patients’ blood in our own clinics, on our own time. The portable machine can be easily brought anywhere in the country. This machine will save us and our patients money and time. The machine was hand-delivered to us, and is now in frequent use.
Pictured below is Almaz, a 12 year old girl who suffered from mitral valve disease when she came to us. She was very sick for years, abandoned by her family, and had dropped out of school.
We’ll have a separate entry on Almaz, because she has her own amazing story which is worth telling. She has started school and visits us in clinic to check her INR and say hello.
Thank you, Henry Schein, Inc!
Dr. Rick Hodes