In April 2017, a young patient with serious cardiac deformity was the happy recipient of a successful heart surgery. His case was very complex and the surgery entailed high risks. What makes this surgery even more special however, is that it was one of the first to be performed under the patronage of Little Hearts of China. This charity project brings in selected young patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) from the western region of China and offers them advanced medical care that would otherwise not be available locally.
19-year-old Krishna from Kochi, India, wasn’t like most teenagers: with a passion for innovation, he had assembled his own 3D printer from a DIY kit. Also unlike most teenagers, Krishna wasn’t able to attend high school. Suffering from a complex congenital heart disease his whole life, Krishna’s frequent attacks of breathlessness kept him away from most normal activities for others of his age, and the problems only kept getting worse with time.