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Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, they have only months left to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel, Rwanda's lone government cardiologist fighting to save the lives of his young patients, and Dr. Gino, the Salam Center's head surgeon, who is fighting to save his hospital, Africa's only link to life-saving free cardiac surgery for the millions who need it. Written by Anonymous

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This is a tremendous documentary film.
15 February 2013 | by (Sedona, AZ) – See all my reviews

The documentary, Open Heart, is simply stunning. My wife and I left the theater weeping. It is both sad and exhilarating. To see these sweet children with Rheumatic Heart Disease receive a second chance at life is a joy to behold. The sad part of the story is that this disease, which is widespread among children in Africa, can be avoided with antibiotics given to the children in its early stages. Rheumatic Heart Disease is virtually non existent in the United States. Penicillin has eliminated this risk completely. But in Africa, Penicillin is not widely available. Once the heart has been damaged, nothing short of open heart surgery will give the patient a chance at life. The film is so tender it will rearrange your heart, and put life in a more realistic perspective.


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