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A family's journey with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease | the McAdam family

The McAdam family live every day with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Cherie McAdam's daughter Kenya had recurrent acute rheumatic fever which was undiagnosed and resulted in Kenya developing rheumatic heart disease requiring emergency open heart surgery. Cherie's son Luke receives regular penicillin injections for acute rheumatic fever. By sharing their story, the family hope to raise awareness to improve care for other families.

Presented at RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, August 2014.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images and voices of people who have died. 

The McAdam family live every day with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Developed by 
RHDAustralia
Year of publication 
2014