Success! Rosemary from Bolivia raised $1,500 to fund life-saving heart surgery.

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Fully funded
Rosemary's treatment was fully funded on January 12, 2024.
  • Rosemary's story
  • Rosemary's update
November 7, 2023

Photo of Rosemary post-operation

January 17, 2024

Rosemary underwent successful heart surgery.

During surgery, doctors closed the hole in Rosemary's heart with a patch so that blood can no longer leak through it. The surgery was succes...

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Rosemary's Timeline

  • November 7, 2023

    Rosemary was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at International Cardiac Alliance.

  • November 8, 2023

    Rosemary received treatment at Hospital del Niño Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uría in Bolivia. 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.

  • November 13, 2023

    Rosemary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2024

    Rosemary's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 17, 2024

    Rosemary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 36 donors

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Lezina is a 51-year-old woman with 3 children. She separated from her husband who later remarried and shared that she believes he left because of her medical condition. All her children are women and they got married at a tender age due to financial challenges in their family. Currently, Lezina has found it difficult to secure even a low-paying job as a maid. Lezina likes chatting with her grandchildren and enjoys eating anything that is available. Lezina indicated that she started experiencing a swelling above the umbilical area in 2020. She lived with the problem since it was on and off and was not associated with pain. Later in 2023, the swelling episodes became frequent and it began to affect her daily activities. Lezina presented herself to Kamuzu Central Hospital where different tests were done, without much help. As time passed by, in December 2023 she had increasing pains and went back to KCH where further assessments were done, and a diagnosis of hernia was made after identifying the source of pain. KCH booked Lezina on their waiting list. While still waiting, her first-born daughter met a friend who shared the good news that she was a beneficiary of Watsi's program with our partner African Mission Healthcare and recommended aher to report to PIH Hospital for support. Lezina met the surgeon at PIH who confirmed the diagnosis of hernia and the need for surgical intervention called hernia repair. A hernia is a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscle. If the hernia is left untreated, the size of the protruding intestine might get bigger and become strangulated leading to the reduction of blood flow to the surrounding tissues which may be life-threatening. Lezina was referred to our program due to her financial instability. Her daughter committed to helping support her treatment and Lezina believes that the surgery will help her get back to normal life and that people will now have a different perception of her. Lezina needs your help raising $575 to fund her surgery. Lezina happily said, “I just want to get well and concentrate on my children.”

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