‘I’m too young to die’: the disease of disadvantage forcing Indigenous children to have open-heart surgery

An entirely preventable condition called rheumatic heart disease is leaving Indigenous children with severe and irreversible heart damage
Podcast: Melissa Davey discusses the health emergency in the Tiwi Islands

No child should bear the scars of open-heart surgery. It is a procedure most often associated with old age, to treat conditions such as coronary heart disease or abnormal heart rhythms.

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