Danny Ezequiel Jimenez Sarmiento, will arrive in the Capital Region in late August or early September, thanks to a donation to the District 7190 Gift of Life from the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.
Six-year-old Danny suffers from a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. It is a congenital heart defect classically understood to involve four anatomical abnormalities of the heart (although only three of them are always present). It is the most common cyanotic heart defect, and the most common cause of Blue Baby Syndrome.
“Unfortunately,” reports Dr. Melissa Ehlers, GOL board member, “we don’t have a picture of him at the moment, but I have already e-mailed to ask them for a pic ASAP and will forward that to everyone once I get it.”
Danny’s care will be underwritten by the $11,000 raised through donations from 16 members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club. A formal check presentation was made to a contingent of GOL board members last Thursday.
Tetralogy of Fallot was first formally described in 1672 by Niels Stensen, a Danish Catholic bishop and scientist and a pioneer in both anatomy and geology; then, in 1773 by Edward Sandifort, a Dutch physician and anatomist, and in 1888 by the French physician Étienne-Louis Arthur Fallot, after whom it is named.