18-month-old Parvana Sulemanova gets laid out on the operating table. Just 17 pounds, she looks fragile, alone under the hot lights. Nurses cover her with white sheets, leaving only a rectangle of chest visible. Parvana has a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, resulting in too little oxygen in her blood. Volunteer cardiac surgeon Chris Gilbert will insert a Gore-Tex tube—an emergency BT shunt—to improve circulation.
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