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Heart disease slowly killing Teacher who can’t raise $14k for surgery

A 29-year-old Teacher at Adadekrom, a village in the Abirim District of the Eastern Region is dying slowly from a devastating heart defect for which she needs $14,000 for corrective surgery.

Cynthia Allotey Brown, who teaches at a Senior High School suffers from severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation, a serious heart disorder in which the mitral valve on the left side of the heart does not close properly.

Regurgitation, according to medlineplus means leaking from a valve that does not close all the way.

Mitral regurgitation is the most common type of heart valve disorder. Blood that flows between different chambers of the heart must flow through a valve. The valve between the two chambers on the left side of your heart is called the mitral valve.

When the mitral valve doesn’t close all the way, blood flows backward into the upper heart chamber (atrium) from the lower chamber as it contracts. This cuts down on the amount of blood that flows to the rest of the body.

As a result, the heart may try to pump harder. This may lead to congestive heart failure.

Mitral regurgitation may begin suddenly. This often occurs after a heart attack. When the regurgitation does not go away, it becomes long-term (chronic).

Allotey Brown, who was diagnosed with the defect in September 2012 has not been able to raise the hefty amount needed for the corrective surgery thus wasting away by the second at her poor parents’ home in the village.

According to Dr. L. Sereboe, former Director of the National Cardiothoracic Center, the $14,000 is the total cost for the surgery, anaesthesia, intensive care, medication and accommodation for the patient. The Ghana heart Foundation will shoulder 50 per cent of the cost, but the Koforidua Polytechnic graduate has not been able to raise the amount.

Allotey Brown’s condition has worsened in the last two years preventing her from doing her job. She has become emaciated and weak as a result of the cardiac defect.

Starr News’ Eastern regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah and Koforidua-based NGO Devine Mother and Child Foundation, uncovered the plight of the patient during a health screening exercise in the community. The NGO is, therefore, appealing to kind-hearted persons, philanthropists and corporate organisations to donate towards saving Ms Brown’s life.

Donors can donate through account number (0153296971015) of the Koforidua branch of HFC Bank, or call 0249396497 for further directions.

Source: Ghana/ Ansah

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