ECU pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Koh Takeuchi performed the surgeries. “In both children, we closed the hole by sewing a patch over it. The whole procedure takes three hours,” he said.
“It’s a procedure we do every day here.”
Sebastian, who lives with his mother and three siblings in a one-room apartment in La Paz, wants to be a policeman when he grows up. When asked if he was strong like Spiderman – the superhero featured on the watch he was sporting – he peered up sheepishly through long, dark eyelashes and said in Spanish, “I know I am.”