This November, a team of 21 medical specialists, including several from Children’s Hospital Boston, traveled to Kumasi, Ghana to care for children with congenital heart defects. As members of the non-profit organization Hearts and Minds of Ghana, the team is part of an ongoing effort to treat patients and train and educate local Kumasi medical professionals with the hopes that a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac center can soon be established in the region.
In the following video Fynn-Thompson shares his thoughts on what it was like to work as a surgeon under the close scrutiny of ABC’s cameras.
Make sure you check in with us tomorrow, because Sara Dumas will share her story in an exclusive post for Thrive. The 18-year old heart transplant recipient will comment not only on her condition and Children’s experience, but also what it was like to undergo such a major medical procedure and lengthy hospital stay with camera crews capturing it all.
As always, check out thesmallandmighty.org, for exclusive, in depth and behind-the-scenes material as it relates to Children’s participation in Boston Med.
If you’re an adult who suffers heart failure, there are a number of devices that can support your heart and keep you healthy until you receive a donor heart. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for kids, and as many as 20 percent of kids waiting for a transplant die before an organ is available. Luckily, Dr. Fynn-Thompson is working to get a new artificial heart device—one designed specifically for kids—approved for use in the United States. Read on to learn about 12 year-old Keenan Griffin, who went into rapid heart failure and was saved by the use of the pediatric heart device.