Clifaite is a 10-year-old boy from Haiti. He is in the fourth grade and enjoys school and spending time with his friends.
Several years ago, Clifaite contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to his heart. He developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate through his body. This condition causes Carlos to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, his condition could be fatal.
Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Clifaite is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct his condition on August 2. Although Clifaite’s transportation to our medical partner’s care center has already been funded by Watsi, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of his heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Clifaite’s surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of his medical bills.
“Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Clifaite get this surgery!” says Clifaite’s father.