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Fernando from Haiti raised $1,500 to stop the progression of congenital heart disease.

Fernando
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Fully funded
Fernando's treatment was fully funded on May 9, 2015.

Photo of Fernando post-operation

May 25, 2015

Fernando received surgery to stop the progression of congenital heart disease.

“The part I liked most was when the nurses gave me a big stuffed animal of a rabbit,” shares Fernando. “It’s my new favorite!”

Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, tells us: “following closure of the hole between the two lower chambers of Fernando’s heart, full blood flow and oxygen have been restored to his body. He should be able to lead a normal life with no need for further surgery.”

"The part I liked most was when the nurses gave me a big stuffed animal of a rabbit," shares Fernando. "It's my new favorite!" Our medica...

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March 9, 2015

“Fernando is a shy but very intelligent boy,” shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “He knows how to read and is starting to do math by himself.”

Five-year-old Fernando has a congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. “Fernando was born with a hole between the two ventricles (lower chambers) of his heart,” says HCA. “Because of this hole, blood can flow back to his body without first obtaining oxygen from the lungs, leading to fatigue and heart failure.”

“He has not yet started kindergarten because of his illness,” HCA continues. “But his family is eager to send him to school after his surgery. He would also like to learn how to speak English!”

Health City Cayman Islands has contributed $7500 toward surgery that will close the hole in his heart, and $1500 will cover the remaining costs, which includes overseas transportation from Haiti.

“We tried many, many hospitals who all told us it wasn’t possible for him to have surgery,” Fernando’s mother shares. “But we kept praying and our prayers were answered!”

"Fernando is a shy but very intelligent boy," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). "He knows how to read and is startin...

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Fernando's Timeline

  • March 9, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Fernando was submitted by Owen Robinson at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • March 17, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Fernando 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.

  • May 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Fernando's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 9, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Fernando's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 25, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Fernando. Read the update.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Maria

Maria is a 70-year-old farmer. She shared that she lost her husband in 1999 and is the mother of six children who she has worked hard to raise well. She has three daughters and three sons, all married and small-scale farmers. Maria was not able to attend school when she was young because she was a refugee from Congo. Her family was always on the move, so she never had the opportunity to attend school. She's earned a living from farming and grows food crops like sorghum, maize, and rice. She has limited land, but when she has a small surplus, she is able to sell the crops to generate income for her family. Maria is a religious, jolly, and happy person and is proud to serve as a leader of the Holy Mary community in her village. She shared that praying the rosary is her passion. Two years back, Maria started feeling her uterus drop. It wasn’t painful, which never made her seek medical treatment, but recently, the pain became worse, accompanied by backaches, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. She first went to Kambuga hospital, where she was examined, diagnosed, and recommended for surgical treatment. However, she never managed to undergo her surgery due to limited finances. After sharing how she feels with a friend, she learned of our medical partner's surgical support program at Nyakibale Hospital, and this gave her a breath of hope that she could be supported. She traveled there and after examination, she was diagnosed with uterine prolapse. The doctors have recommended a total hysterectomy treatment to heal her condition. However, her income is too limited to enable her to afford the cost of her surgery and she appeals for support. Maria says, "I believe that the Lord will again do for me as he has always been for me. I hope to get much better once operated and continue with farming to sustain my family. "

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