Ten-year-old Witcheldo lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti with his parents and three siblings. He is in third grade, and would like to be a doctor when he grows up.
Witcheldo has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation, as a result of an untreated strep throat he suffered when he was younger. The strep throat led to rheumatic fever which in turn infected his heart valves, limiting their ability to pump blood through his body.
This leads to heart failure and would be fatal if not corrected. $1,500 in Watsi funding, and an additional $10,000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands will fund the life-saving heart surgery that Witcheldo needs to grow up healthy. During surgery, the doctors will first attempt to repair his existing valve; if this is impossible, they will replace it with a metal valve.
“I am excited to have my surgery so I can walk to school without getting out of breath,” Witcheldo shared.