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Medjina from Haiti raised $1,500 for life-saving heart surgery.

Medjina
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Medjina's treatment was fully funded on October 18, 2016.
November 4, 2016

Medjina did not receive treatment as expected.

After arriving at the hospital, a number of tests and procedures were performed that are not available anywhere in the country of Haiti. These tests gave the doctors a much better understanding of Medjina’s heart, and she requires a very complex type of cardiac surgery that is not presently available at this hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is now sharing this new imaging and test results with other hospitals internationally in the hopes of identifying another surgical option for Medjina.

After arriving at the hospital, a number of tests and procedures were performed that are not available anywhere in the country of Haiti. The...

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September 16, 2016

“We are all looking forward to the day when we don’t have to worry about Medjina’s heart anymore,” shares Medjina’s mother.

Medjina lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her mother, father, and younger brother. She is four years old, and she enjoys going to preschool and coloring with crayons.

Medjina was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers in the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves that leads to her lungs.

In 2014, when she was two years old, she underwent a surgery to allow blood to flow more freely to her lungs, making her body more healthy and giving her heart time to grow so that a complete repair could be done later. Medjina is now ready for her second surgery, to completely repair her heart and allow her to lead a near-normal life.

As a result of this condition, she is constantly sickly and weak. If untreated when she was two years old, it would have been fatal.

$1,500 in Watsi funding, and an additional $10,000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands will fund the life-saving heart surgery that Medjina needs to grow up healthy.

"We are all looking forward to the day when we don't have to worry about Medjina's heart anymore," shares Medjina's mother. Medjina lives...

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Medjina's Timeline

  • September 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Medjina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Medjina was scheduled to receive treatment at Health City Cayman Islands in Cayman Islands. 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 4, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Medjina is no longer raising funds.

  • November 4, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Medjina's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,980 for Medjina's treatment
Subsidies fund $480 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$450
Medication
$360
Supplies
$0
Travel
$900
Labs
$180
Other
$90
  • 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 treated by Haiti Cardiac Alliance tend to fall into two categories. They are either born with some type of hole or defect in the heart, or they develop valve disease as a result of an untreated strep throat infection (rheumatic fever). Patients with rheumatic valve disease experience swelling of the abdomen and extremities, as the heart tries to circulate blood through the body despite the valve's dysfunction.

​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. If surgery is required, the child joins a triaged waitlist to be placed for surgery with partner hospitals. It can sometimes take 6-12 months to move through this waitlist. During this period, HCA provides periodic cardiac checkups, changing the patient's triage position as appropriate. The child and his/her guardian then travel to the hospital with an HCA social worker. Typically, the child spends 4-5 days in or near the hospital prior to surgery for testing and examinations. After surgery, he or she spends several more days as an inpatient prior to being discharged. When the child is strong enough to travel, usually after several more weeks, he/she returns home to Haiti. HCA provides regular cardiac checkups for at least five years postoperatively before the final discharge from their program.

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

These treatments are almost always life-saving in nature. These cardiac conditions are not survivable over the long-term without surgery. Within weeks after surgery, the patient should notice a difference in energy level. Many patients also undergo a growth spurt and/or gain significant weight after a surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The risk of death during or shortly after an open-heart surgical procedure is about 3%. Other risks, though rare, include stroke and post-operative infection. In a small percentage of cases, the material used to patch the hole "blows," and a follow-up surgery is necessary to re-patch the defect.

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

Patients come to Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) from the entirety of Haiti. This can involve three days of travel in buses, pickup trucks, or even on horseback. There is no cardiac surgery of any kind available in Haiti outside of the HCA treatment network.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

In general, patients are treated with medications to prevent heart failure until they are ready to travel. Patients may also seek care from traditional healers, who may use liquids and powders derived from local plants and roots.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Loy

Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

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