More activities of an Ethiopia-Witten Cardiologist in the cath lab in Ayder Referral Hospital Mekelle.

Cath Lab activities


Together with the Ethiopian Cardiologist Dr. Abraha Hailu Weldegerima Dr. Christian Leuner  performed again a coronary angiography on an severely diseased patient with high grade left ventricular dysfunction and coronary heart disease. Dr. Christian Leuner was very happy, that a second coronary angiography was performed Dr. Abraha Hailu and the internist Dr. Samuel Berhane without his assistance at the cath table.

Dr. Abraha Hailu and Dr. Christian Leuner perfoming a coronarangiopgraphy


The first step to introduce the pediatric cardiologists to the cath lab was done. Together with Dr. Christian Leuner the in India educated pediatric cardiologist Dr. Temesgen Tsega a first two years old severe sick child was treated with a puncture of the pericardium.


Dr. Temesgen Tsega und Dr. Chrisitan Leuner in the cath lab


Now Dr. Christian Leuner is confident that his support for the installation and setup of the cath lab of Ayder Hospital and his teaching of the physicians and nurses since 2013 will is becoming successful, because in future interventional cardiology with increasing complexity can be performed continuously by the Ethiopian cardiologists in Ayder Hospital with and without foreign supporters.

Dr. Christian Leuner is still not content that because of the not yet installed adequate air conditioning of the cath lab unit only one procedure per day is possible. More adult and pediatric cardiologists will be sent via Ethiopia- to perform and teach in future more complex interventions to the local physicians, when the cath lab can be used on a full work day basis.

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