One of the children who underwent a life-saving catheterization was Bemnet. Bemnet was diagnosed at the age of two months old with pulmonary stenosis, a condition characterized by obstruction to blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery.
For the past year we have been coming to the hospital every few weeks, very worried about what will happen to Bemnet. And today we are told that there is hope and she will undergo a lifesaving catheterization this week. I am so happy and grateful. - Bemnet's Father
Audiences around the world followed Bemnet’s story from hospitalization and recovery to her discharge from the hospital and life back at home.
We have a means to free children from these diseases they treat in the Western world. - Dr. Yayu Mekonnen, SACH-trainee in pediatric cardiac surgery currently working at the Children’s Cardiac Center in Addis Ababa
Following her discharge, members of SACH US, who had attended the mission, also had the opportunity to travel to the outskirts of Addis Ababa to meet Bemnet and her family.
There, they were welcomed with a traditional Ethiopian meal and unending expressions of thanks by Bemnet’s parents and grandmother. Bemnet’s parents shared that her recovery is going well.