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Success! Edsen from Haiti raised $985 to fund a cardiac CT scan.

Edsen
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Edsen's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2017.

Photo of Edsen post-operation

March 7, 2017

Edsen underwent a cardiac CT scan.

The CT angiogram was performed in the Dominican Republic and showed that Edsen will likely need a heart transplant in order to address his cardiac condition. Our medical partner is now working with his extended family in the United States to explore options for this to take place.

He says, “I had a very good time seeing another country for the first time. My favorite part was going to the mall!”

The CT angiogram was performed in the Dominican Republic and showed that Edsen will likely need a heart transplant in order to address his c...

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February 7, 2017

Edsen is a 16-year-old tenth grade student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his older cousin and loves computers. He hopes to have a career in information technology one day.

Edsen was born with two cardiac conditions, double outlet right ventricle (DORV) and pulmonary atresia. Together, this set of complex defects severely limits his heart’s ability to supply blood to his lungs and causes blood to flow back into his heart.

For surgeons to understand if Edsen’s condition is operable, he needs to undergo a cardiac CT scan, a procedure that is unavailable in Haiti. Edsen will be flown to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on February 7. He will be treated at our medical partner’s care center, Hospital General Plaza de la Salud.

Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $985 to cover the cost of Edsen’s travel fees, CT scan procedure, and lab work.

“I am very thankful to everyone who is giving me the chance to take this trip,” says Edsen. “I am hopeful that I can have my heart problem fixed.”

Edsen is a 16-year-old tenth grade student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his older cousin and loves computers. He hopes to have ...

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Edsen's Timeline

  • February 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 7, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edsen received treatment at Hospital General Plaza de la Salud in Dominican Republic. 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 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edsen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edsen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 5, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edsen's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Cardiac CT Scan
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $985 for Edsen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$250
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
Travel
$705
Labs
$30
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

When a hole exists in the heart, a physician can hear a buzzing noise, or murmur, in the child's chest as blood passes through the hole at high velocity. The child's parents might notice that their son or daughter cannot keep up with other children in daily activities. In severe cases, the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream can lead to dramatic symptoms, such as blue lips and tongue, clubbed fingers and toes, and heart failure. The patients who undergo CT scans are born with one of several types of congenital holes or defects in the heart.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Virtually all of the conditions treated at Haiti Cardiac Alliance will eventually lead to death without surgery, the majority of them within one to two years. In the meantime, patients experience heart failure as their hearts struggle to compensate for the presence of leaks or other defects. In most conditions, the heart becomes fatigued, limiting the child's ability to be active, go to school, and participate in daily life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Families in Haiti often have complex cultural mechanisms for understanding cardiac illnesses and their causes, sometimes involving voudou or other religious belief systems. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of Haitian families in our medical partner's program also engage with the medical explanations and treatment of these conditions. Parents are willing and cooperative participants in their child's treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is first referred to our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), by a pediatrician or another medical practitioner who detects symptoms that might be cardiac in nature. HCA staff then perform an echocardiogram to diagnose the cardiac condition. In some cases, the child may be eligible for surgery, but only after a CT scan to better understand the anatomy of the patient’s heart and the nature of the cardiac defect.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The CT scan is diagnostic in nature and does not cure the patient's heart condition. However, the patient cannot be accepted for surgery anywhere without first undergoing this procedure. It is thus a life-saving step in his or her treatment plan.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A CT scan is a low-risk procedure. CT scanners use ionizing radiation, which has been shown to cause cancer with excessive exposure, but the risk due to a single CT scan is extremely limited.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Since there is no CT scanner in Haiti capable of performing cardiac studies, the patient and a parent must travel to the Dominican Republic to undergo this procedure. The child and his or her parent stay in a local hotel the nights before and after the procedure, and the CT scan is done on an outpatient basis. Once the results are received, our medical partner can plan for further treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

In some cases, an alternative to a cardiac CT scan is a procedure called an angiogram. For most of our medical partner's patients, it is more practical to obtain a cardiac CT scan than to obtain an angiogram.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Peace

Peace is a 60-year-old farmer and a mother of seven children. She is also widowed as her husband unfortunately passed away this year in May due to cancer of the stomach. Peace works incredibly hard to support and take care of her children by earning a living from the coffee and banana plantation that her husband left her with. In addition, she weaves millet baskets and mats earning her an extra income. However, she shared that due to her age, poor eyesight hinders her from weaving now. For a year now, Peace has been experiencing issues of stomach pain, backache, general body weakness paralysis, excessive bleeding, and great discomfort. At first, she thought it was simple abdominal pain and attended the clinic. She was misdiagnosed and given urinary tract infection treatment but was not relieved of her pain. Since then, Peace has been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus to help her heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Peace's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center on August 5th. Once recovered, Peace will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Peace says: “I hope that once I am given financial support, my surgery will be possible, I will get well and continue with farming because my children are still in school and they need my support because they have no one else.”

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