Medicine Of Cameroon : A Heart Defect That Affect The Normal Flow Of Blood Through The Heart

1536 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
The event which changed my life was having heart surgery and coming to States, but before we get there. I was born in central Africa in the country of Cameroon with a congenital heart defect know as Tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot is a heart defect which changes the normal flow of blood through the heart. This is a rare and complex heart defect which occurs in 5 out of every 10,000 babies. This condition caused my family a great deal of hardship, to the point where my mother left me and my sister in search for help. Now many may ask why would she do such thing knowing the risk? Due to the primitive nature of medicine of Cameroon, doctors were not able to diagnose my condition, nor could they do much to help us. I spent much of my infancy in and out of hospitals with no hope of a cure, deprived of many of the luxuries of being a kid.
While my mother was away for 4 years, I was left to the many alternatives forms of medicine that Cameroon had to offer. Out of desperation, the family sought out help from numerous traditional healer. I often recall shamans running their blades across my chest; the treatment left 27 scare cross my chest. I was petrified and profoundly in pain, with no understanding of what was going on. I can also recall my sister watching as those healers filled my wounds with salt, dirt and animal blood in a vain attempt of giving us a chance at understanding this unfamiliar disease. But what was left was a painful reminder of the lack of help doctors…

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