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Success! Smaha from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund prep for cardiac surgery.

Smaha
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Smaha's treatment was fully funded on August 2, 2019.

Photo of Smaha post-operation

June 21, 2019

Smaha underwent cardiac surgery.

During the procedure, a catheter was inserted into Smaha’s heart and a device was used to plug the hole. She should now be able to lead a normal life with no further symptoms from this condition.

During the procedure, a catheter was inserted into Smaha's heart and a device was used to plug the hole. She should now be able to lead a no...

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May 1, 2019

Smaha is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three siblings in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. She attends first grade, and likes coloring and doing art projects. Smaha has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that normally closes soon after birth instead remains open. Blood flows through it, bypassing the lungs and depriving the body of the oxygen it needs. Smaha underwent a surgery two years ago to tie off the duct, but unfortunately the defect has re-opened; she will now undergo a different type of procedure called cardiac catheterization to close it in a way that makes it very unlikely to ever reopen again.

Smaha will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 3, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a device attached to the tip of a catheter to block the leaking duct. Another organization, Gift of Life Inc., is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery.

Smaha’s family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Smaha’s family overseas.

Her mother says, “I am praying that after this trip to the hospital my daughter will be fully healthy.”

Smaha is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three siblings in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. She atte...

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Smaha's Timeline

  • May 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Smaha was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • May 03, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Smaha received treatment at St. Francis Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • May 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Smaha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 21, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Smaha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 02, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Smaha's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,680 for Smaha's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,180 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$450
Medication
$360
Supplies
$0
Travel
$2,600
Labs
$180
Other
$90

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