Shania is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is in the first grade, and likes going to school and church. Shania has cardiac conditions called ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, and pulmonary hypertension. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart; a second hole exists between two major blood vessels near her heart.
To determine if Shania’s condition is operable, she must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into her heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On December 19, she will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner’s care center, Clinica Corominas.
Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Shania’s travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work.
Her mother says, “I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping my daughter to get the care she needs!”