“Sherlande lives on a small farm in the mountains of southwestern Haiti with her parents, brothers, and sisters,” the Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) tells us about this 14-year-old girl. “She enjoys going to school, and when she has the energy she likes to help her family tend to their animals.”
“Sherlande was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between the aorta and the pulmonary artery which normally closes naturally when a child is born, instead remains open,” HCA writes.
Health City Cayman Islands has stepped up to help Sherlande have the surgery she needs to close up the hole in her heart. They have provided $5,000 to cover the cost of the surgery, but she’s still short $1,500 for surgical preparation and transport overseas.
“Following closure of the hole, Sherlande should be able to lead a normal life with no cardiac symptoms,” HCA tells us. “I have been bothered by my heart for many, many years,” says Sherlande. “I’m looking forward to being a normal girl like my friends!”
Let’s come together and cover the remaining $1,500 needed for Sherlande’s treatment - including prep and overseas transport - so she can continue to enjoy doing all of the things she loves to do.