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

Jacques
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  • $985 raised, $0 to go
$985
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$0
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Fully funded
Jacques's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2017.

Photo of Jacques post-operation

March 7, 2017

Jacques underwent a cardiac CT scan.

The CT angiogram was performed in the Dominican Republic and showed that Jacques will probably need a heart transplant later in his childhood, as his defect is not otherwise surgically repairable. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), will focus on medical management of his condition for now. In the future, HCA may repeat the CT angiogram or obtain a diagnostic catheterization to further understand his condition and treatment plan.

His mother says, “I would like to thank everyone for helping us get the tests we need so that we can know how to help Jacques become healthy.”

The CT angiogram was performed in the Dominican Republic and showed that Jacques will probably need a heart transplant later in his childhoo...

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February 7, 2017

Jacques is a one-year-old baby boy who lives with his parents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His mother is a homemaker, and his father works for a package shipping company. According to his parents, Jacques is a very happy and curious baby.

Jacques was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, a complex set of defects that severely limits his heart’s ability to pump blood to his lungs. This causes blood to flow back into his heart.

To determine if Jacques’s condition is operable, he must undergo a cardiac CT scan, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. Therefore, on February 8, Jacques will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to receive the scan 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 costs of Jacques’s travel expenses, CT scan procedure, and lab work.

“My husband and I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping us with our son’s heart problem,” says Jacques’s mother. “We are glad for everyone’s friendship and kindness.”

Jacques is a one-year-old baby boy who lives with his parents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His mother is a homemaker, and his father works for ...

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Jacques's Timeline

  • February 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jacques was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • February 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jacques's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 08, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jacques received treatment at Hospital General Plaza de la Salud. 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.

  • March 07, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jacques's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 23, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jacques's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cardiac CT Scan
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $985 for Jacques'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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