Davensky is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and sister in Port-au-Prince; he is a junior in high school and likes his math and science classes. Davensky has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic infection he suffered earlier in childhood, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his heart and body.
The surgery Davensky needs is not available anywhere in Haiti so he will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On September 12th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement valve. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $9,000 to pay for surgery and Davensky’s family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also covers travel expenses for the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Davensky overseas, and the cost of obtaining Davensky’s passport.
Davensky says: “I have been hoping for this surgery for almost five years, and I am very glad that the time has finally arrived!”