Franz Freudenthal: A new way to heal hearts without surgery
Franz Freudenthal - Pediatric cardiologist
With his unique inventions (including a device knitted from threads of high-tech alloy by indigenous craftswomen), Franz Freudenthal saves children from congenital heart defects. Full bio
that creativity is the key
in the heart of the Andes.
included helping her
to understand life outside the city,
used to recite a Kipling poem:
I became a medical student.
children born worldwide
I think I can solve --
I have spent my life working on.
inside the mother.
and the pulmonary blood.
has a hole in the heart.
and genetic conditions.
is also one of the causes.
with this condition,
used to be the only solution.
were camping in the Amazon region.
in the fire was a green avocado branch.
for our first invention.
can be closed with it.
wrapped onto itself.
how a very tiny catheter
thousands of hours of work in the lab.
to make a difference.
Dr. Alexandra Heath,
patients with our coil,
to solve their heart condition.
patients is different,
between the arteries is larger.
to be treated on time,
indigenous friends in the mountains,
told stories by weaving complex patterns
helped us for the new device.
to create a seamless device
into very complex structures
decades to develop.
the catheter through the hole.
and effort to heal -- if they do.
once the device is in place,
and human point of view.
of our former patients
of creating something new.
About the speaker:Franz Freudenthal - Pediatric cardiologist
With his unique inventions (including a device knitted from threads of high-tech alloy by indigenous craftswomen), Franz Freudenthal saves children from congenital heart defects.
Why you should listen
In his quest to understand the complexities of congenital heart disease, Bolivian-German physician and inventor Franz Freudenthal creates and produces sophisticated devices aimed at improving the lives of patients, especially children that will carry this device inside their heart for the rest of their lives.
His most heralded invention, the Nit Occlud, closes a hole in the heart or arteries and restores basic heart functionality. Freudenthal works with top scientists and universities from Europe and North and South America; however, his heart is in Bolivia, where he works with a team of engineers and highly skilled laborers and dreams of healthy children.
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