Family From Brazil Brings Son To Heart Center

January 20, 2012

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I had the pleasure of visiting with the parents of a heart patient from Brazil last week.

They searched for Texas Adult Congenital Heart Disease on the internet and found our Heart Center. The mother and father were concerned about their teenage son, who is having increased shortness of breath and fast, irregular heartbeats. I reassured them that we could help them diagnose and treat anything that was wrong with their son.

This led me to consider the impact of our cardiovascular care on a global scale, and how we can make a difference and share our expertise internationally.

I was amazed at how, with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks, a family over 4,000 miles away can connect with us here at Texas Children’s Hospital. I was able to instruct them on next steps, and the family was pleased and returned to Brazil with a medical care plan.

The hospital’s commitment to children reaches around the globe to families from over 70 countries who come to Texas Children's for their healthcare needs. If you’ve found this blog post from a nation outside the U.S., I urge you to read more about the services we offer for international patients.

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