Harry was born in March 2007 and abandoned the same day. He was raised by a family for a year before entering the orphanage. He has been diagnosed with a complex cardiac defect: he has a single ventricle and single atrium. A year ago, he was evaluated by an NGO that specializes in orphans with cardiac issues, and they found him to have balanced pulmonary stenosis, which is a good finding for his condition. His heart valves were working well and he seems to have normal ventricular function.
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Harry is described as a smart, extroverted and optimistic boy. He is well-groomed, takes good care of his clothes and surroundings. He likes to assemble model cars and ships and wants to be a scientist when he grows up. Harry is in 3rd grade and is an excellent student. He loves to read in his free time, but also has lots of friends and gets along well with everyone. He is polite and respectful to teachers and elders. He’s a little shorter than other children his age, but is developmentally on target. Due to his heart condition he becomes short of breath when exercising.
Harry needs a cardiac catheterization, and an attempt to arrange this in his home country is being made. This is a routine procedure (at least in the US) done under mild anesthesia where a catheter is placed through the wrist into the patient’s heart and lungs measuring pressures and performance. After adoption, he will likely need two open heart surgeries: A Glenn procedure, followed by a Fontan procedure. He will need to be followed by a cardiologist throughout his life, with cardiac catheterizations every 5 – 10 years. Most children with Harry’s diagnosis can enjoy a happy and healthy quality of life.
Without adoption and the follow-up cardiac care available in the US, Harry’s chances for a long life in his country are quite limited. Harry needs a family who can help him get the care he needs.
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