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Christina from Haiti raised $1,500 to fix an urgent heart condition.

Christina
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Christina's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2015.

Photo of Christina post-operation

April 14, 2015

Christina received life-saving surgery to fix her heart condition.

“I thought so many times that Christina wasn’t going to survive - this is the first time in years that I haven’t been scared for her!” says Christina’s mother.

Christina’s surgery was a success! “During surgery, Christina’s heart was fully repaired and a full supply of oxygen [was] restored to her body,” shares our partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. “Although her recovery has been slow, she is no longer in danger from her cardiac condition and should never need another heart surgery as she gets older.”

"I thought so many times that Christina wasn't going to survive - this is the first time in years that I haven't been scared for her!" says ...

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February 6, 2015

“This has been a very scary time for both me and Christina, but we have faith in God and we believe everything will be ok for her,” says Christina’s mother.

Meet Christina, a seven-year-old girl from Haiti who has the congenital heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot. “Christina was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers in the heart and blockage of one of the heart valves. Two years ago, she underwent a “shunt” operation to allow blood to flow more normally until her arteries could grow to a size that would allow for a permanent fix. However, several weeks ago that shunt became blocked and she is at imminent risk of death in coming weeks without having surgical repair,” reports our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

“Christina loves going to school and misses seeing her friends since she’s been sick,” continues Haiti Cardiac Alliance. A naturally outgoing girl, she likes to dance, sing, and play with friends.

For $1500, we can correct Christina’s heart condition and allow her to enjoy her friends’ company. “Following surgery, Christina’s heart should be completely repaired and she should be able to live a normal, active life,” says Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

“This has been a very scary time for both me and Christina, but we have faith in God and we believe everything will be ok for her,” says Chr...

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Christina's Timeline

  • February 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Christina was submitted by Owen Robinson at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • February 9, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christina 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.

  • February 13, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christina's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 14, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Christina. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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Shee

Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continue her studies. Shee graduated from the junior college and now helps her cousin-in-law weave and sell traditional Karen clothes. She shared that it has been difficult for her family to find work within the camp at this time, but she hopes to become a teacher soon. In her free time, Shee enjoys playing with her nephews. In February, Shee began to develop a mass and experience pain in her abdomen, so she visited the camp's hospital. Upon review, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given medication. Since the mass continued to grow, Shee was referred to her our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sariang Hospital, in early April. After receiving an ultrasound, the doctors determined Shee has an ovarian cyst and needs to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Shee experiences severe pain that makes it challenging for her to sleep, eat, or continue her weaving. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Shee receive treatment. On April 20th, she will undergo surgery to remove the cyst. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund the total cost of this procedure. Shee shared, "I am not worried about my operation because I hope it will fix my health problem. I would like to become a teacher in the future because I like teaching. After I recover, I plan to apply at a school in the refugee camp."

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U Chit

U Chit is a 42-year-old husband and father from Burma. He lives with his in-laws, wife and son. His father-in-law works as a day laborer, while his wife and his mother-in-law are homemakers. U Chit used to work with his father-in-law, and also as a motorcycle taxi driver for extra income. However, he stopped working in January when his health worsened. When schools reopen, his son will begin kindergarten. A little over a year ago, U Chit began experiencing dizziness, fatigue, tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing when he exerted himself. A month later, he visited a local clinic where he was diagnosed with high blood pressure. However, in December 2021, U Chit lost a lot of weight and experienced night sweats in addition to his other symptoms. He was diagnosed with aortic valve regurgitation, mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation, and was placed on a waiting list to receive surgery. Because his condition is severe, the doctor recommended that he undergo surgery as soon as possible. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping U Chit access treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo mitral valve replacement surgery at BCMF's care center. After recovery, his symptoms should improve. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. U Chit shared, "I gave up and I was ready to die before. There are a lot of heart patients waiting to receiving surgery. Since I heard that I could have surgery with the help of donors, I feel like there is hope that I will survive. I have to look after my family because my son is still young. I will always remember everything the donors did for me."

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$913raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Channarith

Channarith is a 19-year-old student and security guard. He's the eldest of three in his family and his father is a construction worker. When not working or studying, he likes to play football, watch TV, listen to music, and help his mother with housework. Last November, Channarith was involved in a motorbike accident. He lost consciousness and severely injured his left arm. His parents took him to a clinic in their province, where doctors suggested they take him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Channarith cannot move his left shoulder and he has no elbow mobility nor finger movement. His muscles have atrophied and he has no feeling in his left arm. Doctors anticipate that a nerve transfer will help to restore movement to the associated muscle. Channarith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment, which is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available. On March 3rd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Channarith says "I hope that I can use my arm and return to work as soon as possible."

35% funded

35%funded
$249raised
$447to go