“Amputation Prevention Center,” read the billboards put up by Dr. Foluso Fakorede along the Mississippi Delta. The Nigerian-born cardiologist has made it his mission to save Black patients’ limbs, which are amputated three times more than those of other Americans. But within months, the coronavirus began its deadly dance, with those in Fakorede’s community bearing the brunt of that too. Unequal health care, bias and public health cuts conspire to deprive African Americans, who suffer disproportionately from diabetes, of their legs from a largely preventable surgery. The solution? Vascular care, to improve blood flow, and more Black specialists whom patients trust.
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