Umar is a boy from Sierra Leone. Umar lives outside of Freetown with his mother and grandparents. He is a happy child and likes listening to music on the radio and playing with the neighborhood children. He has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart’s valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving him sickly and weak. Without surgery, the condition would be fatal.
Umar will fly to the Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences in Bangalore, India to receive treatment. On July 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Although Umar is not from Haiti, Haiti Cardiac Alliance is collaborating with partners to make his surgery possible.
Umar’s family also needs help to fund the costs of travel. The $1,343 bill covers his flight to the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, will also provide support to the family as they travel overseas.
His mother says, “I am excited for Umur to be able to go to preschool once his heart is healthy!”