4th Dec. 2018: Vedad, a 14 years old boy from Bosnia Herzegovina, affected by a severe aortic insufficiency caused by a congenital bicuspid valve, arrives in Milano from Sarajevo with his parents, to undergo a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement through a right anterior mini-thoracotomy. Unfortunately in his country, there is no such experience on minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to the connections of his cardiologist, Vedad is referred to Dr. Glauber, who takes charge of his case and accepts to operate him, with the collaboration of “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo” no-profit organization (http://www.bambinicardiopatici.it/en/), who manage all the paperwork and financial side.
The operation went very well, although the look in Vedad’s eyes was still a bit fearful and wary when he woke up in his room after surgery, and for a couple of days afterwards; the same fear that has been his companion since he was born, and that has kept him from living a normal life like his peers. Dr. Glauber is very postive and he is sure that this feeling will slowly leave Vedad over time and that, with the help and support of his family, he will start his new normal life soon. Thanks to the support of many people at “Bambini Cardiopatici and to Dr. Glauber’s team at the Istituto Clinico Sant’Ambrogio in Milano, Vedad can now look to the future with confidence and with a “new” heart”.