Carlentzky is a 17-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his parents and four siblings in a small mountain town. He is currently in the tenth grade and would like to be an engineer when he grows up.
Carlentzky was born with a cardiac condition called Atrial Septal Defect. This means that there is a hole between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood enters his body through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath.
Although Have a Heart Cayman is subsidizing $15,000 for the surgery itself, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund Carlentzky’s medications, transportation, and exams in preparation for surgery.
Carlentzky is scheduled for heart surgery on May 22, and after his recovery, will be able to grow strong and healthy.
“I am excited for my surgery because I have never been able to play sports and now I will be able to start.” Carlentzky says.