This summer, Marc Y. traveled to China where he visited remote towns and village schools to listen to children’s hearts to detect murmurs. Along with several volunteer interns, he furthered the efforts of Dr. Robert Detrano and the China California Heart Watch (China Cal), a non-profit that operates out of UC Irvine to provide free heart care to denizens of China’s poor and polluted Yunnan Province.
“Most village doctors there do not receive the medical training needed to properly diagnose heart problems,” Marc said, regarding the purpose of his trip. “So we went from school to school listening to the kids’ heart rates for heart murmurs and if possible to give them an electrocardiogram and ultrasound test.”
Among other accomplishments, China Cal has diagnosed for and financially supported heart surgeries, treated countless villagers for high blood pressure and heart disease, and trained village doctors.
“I learned on the trip that congenital heart diseases are extremely common in these rural areas and I think it's great to be able to help tackle one of the major health problems in rural China,” he said.
Marc also really appreciated seeing China’s less populated areas through his work.
“I really enjoyed meeting the kids and really just experiencing the culture there,” he said. “Rural China is very different from modern Chinese cities like Shanghai or Beijing and it was definitely a new experience for me.”
Through his service, Marc gained a deeper understanding of how much Americans have while solidifying his value for helping people less fortunate than himself.
“We're very privileged to be living here in the United States where there is plenty of clean water to drink and clothes to wear, which most of us take for granted,” he said. “The kids in rural China don't have clean water to drink. Their clothes are extremely dirty and many do not receive showers for weeks, if not months. We are very lucky to be here and since we have the resources to do so we should help those that aren't.”
Nueva is proud of Marc’s effort to make a difference in the world and his compassionate contributions to humanity.
Photos taken by Chloe, Marc’s mother