The Death Of Cameroon : A Heart Defect That Affect The Normal Flow Of Blood Through The Heart

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The event which changed Cabrel’s life was his having heart surgery and coming to States, but before we get there. He was born in central Africa in the country of Cameroon with a congenital heart defect know as Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot is a heart defect which changes the normal flow of blood through the heart. This is a rare and complex heart defect which occurs in 5 out of every 10,000 babies. This condition caused his family a great deal of hardship, to the point where his mother left her ill son and daughter in search for help. Now many may ask why would she do such thing knowing the risk? Due to the primitive nature of medicine of Cameroon, doctors were not able to diagnose his condition, nor could they do much to help him. He spent his infancy in and out of hospitals with no hope of a cure, deprived of many of the luxuries of being a kid. While his mother was away for 4 years, he was left to the many alternatives forms of medicine that Cameroon had to offer. Out of desperation, the family sought out help from numerous traditional healer. He often recalls these healer running blades across his chest; the treatment which left 27 scare cross his chest. He was petrified and profoundly in pain with no understanding of what was going on. He can recall his sister watching as the traditional healers filled his wounds with salt, dirt and animal blood in a vain attempt of giving us a chance at understanding this unfamiliar disease, but what was left was a painful

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