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Jefferson from Haiti raised $1,500 for heart surgery.

Jefferson
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Fully funded
Jefferson's treatment was fully funded on June 9, 2015.

Photo of Jefferson post-operation

June 19, 2015

Jefferson received life-saving heart surgery.

“Jefferson had a very smooth surgery and was up on his feet just two days later,” the staff at Haiti Cardiac Alliance tells us. “The repair was a complete success, and he should go on to have a normal life with no further cardiac symptoms.”

“All of my neighbors at home told me there was no way Jefferson would ever get help, but I didn’t believe them,” Jefferson’s mom shares. “I’m so glad I was right!”

"Jefferson had a very smooth surgery and was up on his feet just two days later," the staff at Haiti Cardiac Alliance tells us. "The repair ...

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February 6, 2015

“We knew for a long time that Jefferson had a problem, but we didn’t know what it was,” Jefferson’s parents share. “We’re so glad to know what’s wrong, and that there is a way to fix it!”

The first-born child to office workers in Haiti, three-year-old Jefferson is an intelligent boy who asks a lot of questions and is learning to read. Jefferson’s parents have not put him in preschool yet due to a congenital heart condition known as tetralogy of Fallot. The condition involves a combination of related defects, including a hole between two chambers in the heart that results in blood passing through without being oxygenated. The lack of oxygen in the blood can cause Jefferson to faint, feel weak and be prone to sickness. Without treatment, tetralogy of Fallot can be fatal.

Health City Cayman Islands is subsidizing Jefferson’s heart surgery, and Watsi donors can support Jefferson with $1,500 to cover the overseas travel expenses and medical preparation he needs before surgery.

“Following surgery, Jefferson should be able to lead a normal life with near-normal blood flow through his heart, and no ongoing risk of death from this condition,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. “He will probably never need another surgery in his life.”

"We knew for a long time that Jefferson had a problem, but we didn't know what it was,” Jefferson’s parents share. “We're so glad to know wh...

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Jefferson's Timeline

  • February 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jefferson was submitted by Owen Robinson at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • February 9, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jefferson received treatment. 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.

  • June 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jefferson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 9, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jefferson's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 19, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Jefferson. Read the update.

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69%funded
$707raised
$308to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Velonica

Velonica is a 43-year-old woman and a mother of three living children. She shared that she lost a set of twins just a few days after birth some 15 years ago but still holds fond memories of her lovely tiny twins. Her children are aged between 25 and 8 years old and they are all in school. The oldest daughter is at a teachers' training college and the youngest in 4th grade in primary school. Velonica lives with her children and husband in Dowa about 40 kilometers away from the city of Lilongwe in Malawi. She and her husband are subsistent farmers, although they usually don’t have enough food for the year and they seek support from her husband’s relatives that live in the same village. In 2013, Velonica developed a swelling on her neck. She visited different hospitals and finally was referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where a diagnosis of goiter was made. A partial thyroidectomy was done at the facility in 2014. However, in 2019 her neck swelling resurfaced again. She started feeling pain, having sleepless nights, difficulties in swallowing, feeling neck tightness, and headaches. She reported again to Kamuzu Central Hospital and a rescan was recommended but unfortunately, it was not done at the time. While seeking alternatives, Velonica came to Partners in Hope Medical Center. She was seen by a surgeon who, after laboratory tests and a scan, concluded that her goiter has recurred. He recommended surgery to remove the enlarged thyroid gland in a procedure called a total thyroidectomy. Velonica is currently unable to help her husband on the farm and has challenges in performing daily duties. She is unable to lift water on her head or to carry other heavy loads. Velonica feels the condition is interfering with her life and is looking forward to living her normal life again soon. Velonica said, “I live at my husband’s village among my in-laws and it has been about 2 years now of failing to do the things that every woman does, this is threatening my marriage and makes me feel bad. I hope this operation will bring an end to all this and I will be able to do my household chores again.”

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$308to go