Ebrima – Gambia
Ebrima was five years old when Chain of Hope flew him to London from Gambia for urgent treatment on his heart condition.
Currently there is no cardiac care in the whole of Gambia. Ebrima’s heart disease was originally identified by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Chain of Hope’s partner organisation in Gambia.
Ebrima was born with a condition called Pulmonary Stenosis – an extreme narrowing to the lungs, which necessitated an emergency procedure to dilate his pulmonary artery through the insertion of an umbrella device.
This condition affects thousands of children across the world, but for those born in developing countries, the care that is needed is often simply not available.
Through Chain of Hope, Ebrima was able to get treatment and now no longer becomes breathless and unwell. He can play with his friends and has already returned to school.