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Crouse Pediatric Cardiologists Mend Haitian Boy's Heart


Frank Smith and patientFour-year-old Louinesky Augustin returned home to Haiti on December 22 after having a heart defect corrected by Crouse pediatric cardiologists Dan Kveselis, MD, and Craig Byrum, MD.


Louinsky suffered from patent ductous arteriosus, an opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart.


This opening normally closes shortly after birth, but in some children it remains open, causing too much blood to flow through the heart and weakening the heart muscle.


The condition stunted Louinesky’s growth. He’s the size of a 2 ½-year old child, but his heart is the size of a ten-year-old. The ailment also made him tire out quickly. Over time the condition can lead to heart failure, high blood pressure and other serious problems.


On December 14, Loui underwent a two-hour procedure in Crouse Hospital's pediatric cardiac catheterization lab, the only facility of its kind in the region. Just a few days later little Loui was up and running, brimming with energy and marveling at the light dusting of snow in the Syracuse sky, a first for both Loui and his dad Luc.


We wish Loui and his dad well and were pleased to have a role in this life-saving procedure. The hospital as well as the physicians involved all donated their time and resources.


Thanks also to Frank Smith, MD, for the care, concern and personal attention he provided to Loui and Luc during their stay, including a trip to Destiny USA -- quite the eye-opener for both of them.


Pictured above (l-r): Dr. Byrum; Louinesky and dad Luc; Dr. Kveselis; Dr. Smith. Listen to Dr. Byrum describe the procedure to fix Louinesky's heart.

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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