Ernst from Haiti raised $1,500 to treat congenital heart disease.

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Ernst's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2015.
  • Ernst's story
  • Ernst's update
July 20, 2015

Photo of Ernst post-operation

August 10, 2015

Ernst received life-saving heart surgery.

"I want to say thank you to everyone who helped me," Ernst shares. "I liked staying in the hospital and made a lot of new friends!" "Duri...

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Ernst's Timeline

  • July 20, 2015

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

  • July 21, 2015

    Ernst received treatment. 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.

  • August 3, 2015

    Ernst's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2015

    Ernst's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 10, 2015

    We received an update on Ernst. Read the update.

Funded by 55 donors

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Sarol is a 15-year-old eighth grade student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and his six-year-old brother. His father works in construction, and his mother works in the home, caring for their children. Sarol enjoys taking chemistry classes at school and helping his younger brother with his homework. He would like to be a teacher when he grows up. His favorite food is his mother's fried chicken. Sarol was born with Parry-Romberg syndrome, also known as progressive facial hemiatrophy. This is a rare condition that causes the tissues beneath the skin on one side of the face to gradually break down. It can also affect the muscles, cartilage, and bones of the face. The cause of Parry-Romberg syndrome is unknown, but if gone untreated, the progression of the disease can cause facial disfigurement and speech defects, with significant damage to the eyes, teeth, and nose. Due to his symptoms, Sarol has trouble breathing through his nose. The facial disfigurement caused by the syndrome has left him feeling self-conscious about his appearance, which is particularly challenging for a 15-year-old. When Sarol's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help stop the progression of the disease with lipo-filler, followed by a skin graft to stop the advancement of speech or chewing defects. This will also help his self-esteem and confidence. Sarol's family is able to contribute $100 towards the cost of his treatment, and need help to raise $387 more to fund the procedure. Sarol's mother says, "I hope the doctors can treat Sarol's facial condition, so he can regain his health and appearance."

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