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Two Heart Surgeries, Four Marathons

Anna Borghesani was born with pulmonary stenosis, a congenital heart defect where the flow of blood between the heart and lungs is restricted by a deformity on or near the pulmonary valve. "One big thick scar, covered by another thinner scar,…
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Help us raise awareness

The best way to raise awareness for The Somerville Foundation and CHD is through videos – and we need your help! We need you to make us a short video that can be published on our website and social media platforms. It doesn’t have to…
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What will survive of us is love

Yesterday, I went to the wedding of a very dear friend. He’s not a friend I see often, but somehow, despite neither of us not being very good at keeping in touch these days, we have remained friends. The wedding invitation was quite possibly…
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Vertical and horizontal

In Come Dance With Me, by Russell Hoban (again), one of the characters, a doctor, makes an interesting observation about the doctor-patient relationship, imparted to him by his predecessor at the hospital: ‘It’s a matter of the vertical vis-a-vis the…
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The story of my heart

Is that a song title? It might be. Anyway, I still haven’t even started writing my GUCH story, and only 33 (? maths isn’t my strong point)days until the deadline.  Actually, that is quite a while, maybe that’s why I haven’t started…

Wisdom tooth

I had my third wisdom tooth out yesterday. The local anaesthetic injections were the worst bit. I didn’t cry as much as when I had the filling in June. I kept the tooth, although now I’m not sure what to do with it. Wisdom Teeth by Taryn…
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Living with a pacemaker

In GUCH News (issue 72), patient and member Kulsoom Akbar shared her story with us. Kulsoom, now aged 25, had her first pacemaker fitted at just 17 months. Growing up with the device, Kulsoom has encountered many issues, but has also embraced…

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