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

Aleaza
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Aleaza's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2019.

Photo of Aleaza post-operation

February 19, 2019

Aleaza underwent cardiac surgery.

During surgery, doctors closed the hole in Aleaza’s heart with a patch. She is recovering well, and should be able to live a healthy and active life with no further danger from this condition.

Her mother says, “I am so thankful and relieved that everything went well and the surgery is behind us!”

During surgery, doctors closed the hole in Aleaza's heart with a patch. She is recovering well, and should be able to live a healthy and act...

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January 30, 2019

Aleaza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with her mother and grandparents, and likes listening to music and playing with blocks.

Aleaza was born with a condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between two chambers of her heart. Blood flows through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. To correct this condition, she will undergo open-heart surgery and a patch will be sewn into place to close the hole.

Aleaza will fly to Spain to receive treatment. On February 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Chain of Hope UK, is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery.

Aleaza’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 Aleaza’s family overseas.

Her mother says, “My daughter has been very sick ever since she was born, and I am excited that her heart can finally be healed!”

Aleaza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with her mother and grandparents, and likes listening to music...

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Aleaza's Timeline

  • January 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aleaza was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • February 4, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aleaza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aleaza received treatment at Sant Joan de Deu Children’s Hospital in Spain. 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.

  • February 19, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aleaza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 18, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aleaza's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $4,480 for Aleaza's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,980 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$450
Medication
$360
Supplies
$0
Travel
$3,400
Labs
$180
Other
$90

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Phyu

Phyu is a 17-year-old who lives with her parents, husband, and two brothers on the Thai-Burma border. Her father and husband work as day labourers, while her mother looks after her two younger brothers. Phyu used to help on small jobs too, but stopped six months ago when she first felt unwell. Beginning last October, Phyu felt tired, experienced chest tightness, and oedema in both her legs. A few days later, she went to a clinic and was told that she has a problem with her heart. She received medication and a follow-up appointment for the following week. Although she took the medication regularly, she did not feel any better. When she went back to the clinic, it was closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in their area. While she waited for the clinic to reopen, the swelling in her legs worsened and she also had difficulty breathing. Eventually, her employer drove her to Phop Phra Hospital, where she was admitted and given oxygen. The doctor at the hospital referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) the next day where she received a number of diagnostic tests. The doctor told her that she has a heart condition and diagnosed her with aortic valve regurgitation. The medical team shared that she needed to undergo surgery and told her to travel to Chiang Mai where they can provide the care she needs. Worried about how her family would afford the surgery, once Phyu arrived at the clinic, a medic referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the treatment she needs. Currently, Phyu feels tired if she walks far or when she has to do anything strenuous such as carrying water or cleaning her house. If she sleeps on her back, she has difficulty breathing. Although she still has oedema in her legs, the swelling has gone down since she started taking medication from MSH. “When I recover from surgery, I want to work to help increase my family’s income so that we can pay back our debt. I also want to support my brother who is attending a teacher training college in Burma. He is a second-year student now," said Phyu with new hope for her future.

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$1,226raised
$274to go

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