Witzer is an eighth-grade student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister in Jacmel, a city on Haiti’s south coast. He is an excellent student and hopes to become an engineer. Witzer has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him short of breath.
On October 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. During surgery, Surgeons will close the hole by sewing a patch across it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery.
Witzer’s family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications.
He says, “I am excited that I will be able to stop worrying about my heart any longer!”