Karla's Story

Karla is 7 years old who lives with her family in Honduras.  Pediatric residents, Dr. Isabel Fernandez-Holtzman and Dr. Angela Feng from St. Louis Children's Hospital were members of an HMA team working at the La Buena Fe Clinic in January of 2000 when they discovered Karla.  Karla had a known heart defect (ventricular septal defect) since birth but was unable to have the defect repaired in Honduras.  During the months prior to January, her condition had deteriorated and she was in urgent need of open heart surgical repair.  Karla was experience progressive increase in her congestive heart failure and was nearly incapacitated.  One of the HMA mission coordinators, Dr.  Ron Edwards, made arrangements for Karla to have the repair at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa in December 2001.  HMA physicians continued to follow Karla's condition after her return to Honduras and she has recovered and is now able to engage in normal physical activity.

Updated 10/20/03


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