Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music.
Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal.
Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo’s valve open to a more normal size.
Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo’s travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work.
He says, “I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed.”