HemoStories Episode 23: Marisol de Monteroso & Faviola Valbert of Guatemala

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Hosted by: Holly Olsen

Guest: Marisol de Monteroso and Faviola Valbert

Join Holly as she interviews Marisol de Monterosa, President of the Hemophilia Association in Guatemala, and Dr. Faviola Valbert, a hematologist in Guatemala. Marisol tells us of her unexpected introduction to hemophilia when her son was diagnosed at the age of three; her feelings of isolation; her founding of the Hemophilia Association in Guatemala; and work she does for hemophiliacs in her country. Dr. Faviola Valbert shares the sad realities of having hemophilia in Guatemala where medical issues are only the beginning of the problem. Politics, finances and even a diagnosis are major limiting factors to the health and well-being of those with bleeding disorders. Together Marisol and Dr. Valbert tell about the Center that brought them together and the effort they are making to make life better for those in Guatemala with hemophilia.

This interview took place in December, 2017, and it is the second released HemoStories episode completely in Spanish. For an English transcript of the interview, click here: HemoStories Guatemala interview translation

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Special thanks to Caroleen Kelly for editing, and to Mason Morris from SLC, UT for writing the theme song, “Just Smile,” which was written as an optimistic reminder that there is hope for a cure and a bright future in the hemophilia world.

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