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Abdoulaye Camara

Abdoulaye Camara

All stories are stories of patients treated through our clinics or related projects. Each shared story  is done so by permission of the patient.   Abdoulaye Camara lives in the village of Lakhata in Guinée Maritime located in the coastal region of Guinea. This village is located in an old and well-known Sleeping Sickness surveillance and treatment area. There were once many cases of Sleeping Sickness in the village of Lakhata and although today there are less, transmission still goes on. This is due to the population of numerous tsetse flies in this region. Abdoulaye Camara has a love for fishing! He has been going fishing in the mangrove forest in his father’s pirogue since his early childhood. At first, he used to go with his father; but later, he went alone or with his buddies. Abdoulaye has his own pirogue now. He is a good fisherman who never comes back empty handed, always bringing fish for his mother to cook. Week-ends and holidays are great opportunities to spend...

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Tiburcia Sacaca Quispe

Tiburcia Sacaca Quispe

Tiburcia grew up in the mining city of Potosi, Bolivia before moving with her family to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She remained in Santa Cruz making her life as a homemaker with her husband, living close by her sisters as well. She raised 3 children, now grown, and helps care for her 6 small grandchildren.   She shares her 2-bedroom house with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys being with family around the house and cooking, and never took much to television. She stands tall at 4 feet 5 inches and always has a huge smile, ready to face any challenge with the best attitude.   Tibucia was first told when needed a pacemaker about 1 year ago, and has been seeing a cardiologist ever since. During the night, her heart would beat abnormally, and once her heart stopped beating for 7 seconds. Her heart is affected by Chagas disease, a common disease in Bolivia. People become infected with Chagas disease after being bitten by a reduviid...

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Woman Receives Surgery in Bolivia

Woman Receives Surgery in Bolivia

Benita Mendoza Onco grew up in the countryside of Bolivia, about one hour outside of a small city called Camiri. As a child, Benita spoke both Spanish and a local language called Guarani. Benita is now 31 years old and the mother of 8 children. She continues to live in the country with her husband and small children, washing clothes to earn a living while her husband works on nearby farms. Together their daily income is about 30 bolivianos (approximately $4.50). Benita, her husband Salomon and Dr. Vela, her cardiologist Last year, Benita felt dizzy and tired, but did not know why. When Benita was examined, she found out that her heart was beating very slowly – so slowly that it was hard for her heart to pump enough blood to her body. This was making her tired and dizzy. Because her heart was so slow, Benita needed a pacemaker. Benita and her family were worried, because they could not afford a pacemaker. However, Benita soon found out she was...

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