Sunday, December 18, 2011

In Memory of Sahib Singh Vaseer: Endocarditis and Bicuspid Aortic Valves

Sahib Singh Vaseer
July 7, 1995 - March 23, 2006
On the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation's website is the heartbreaking story of a little boy, Sahib Singh Vaseer, whose life was taken by infection just over five years ago. No one knew that Sahib was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, increasing his risk of infection attacking his heart.

In the words of his family, " Our  lives  were  shattered  and  we were devastated. The  earth had  moved  from  beneath  our  feet....  How  could   such  an active  boy  go  away  like  this?"  

At this time of holidays and family gatherings, we are painfully aware of those who are missing - taken from their loved ones by various complications of Thoracic Aortic Disease.  We need to be reminded that infection is a serious threat and remains a very real risk to those born with bicuspid aortic valves.

Following is a video clip about the risk of infection, taken from the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation's 2011 Conference. We share it here in loving memory of a Sahib.

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