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Success! Guertha from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund prep for cardiac surgery.

Guertha
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Guertha's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2019.

Photo of Guertha post-operation

May 20, 2019

Guertha underwent cardiac surgery.

During surgery, doctors removed Guertha’s damaged mitral valve and implanted an artificial replacement. Although she will require daily medications for the rest of her life, she should now be able to live a healthy life without significant heart symptoms.

She says, “I am looking forward to being able to play with my son and to help him grow up.”

During surgery, doctors removed Guertha's damaged mitral valve and implanted an artificial replacement. Although she will require daily medi...

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April 26, 2019

Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body and she is weak and short of breath.

Guertha will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery.

Guertha’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 supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Guertha’s family overseas.

She says, “I am hopeful that after this surgery I will have my health and energy back!”

Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha ...

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Guertha's Timeline

  • April 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Guertha was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • May 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Guertha received treatment at Hospital CEDIMAT. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • May 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Guertha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Guertha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 01, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Guertha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $2,380 for Guertha's treatment
Subsidies fund $880 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$450
Medication
$360
Supplies
$0
Travel
$1,300
Labs
$180
Other
$90

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Aung

Aung is a 30-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter and sister in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp which is close to the Chinese-Burma border town of Lweje in Momauk Township, Kachin State. Today, his wife works as a mathematics teacher at a middle school in the IDP camp. His sister is a student in the IDP camp while his daughter is still too young to go to school. He used to work as a English teacher. Later on, he stopped working in June 2019 due to his poor health. feels exhausted and he is not able to walk for longer than 30 minutes, or he feels tired. His heartbeat is rapid, he has blue lips and sometimes he feels like he is not able to get enough oxygen. He has no appetite and he is not able to sleep well, worrying over his health condition, the cost of his surgery and his inability to access it. Aung was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving his sick and short of breath. Aung is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on September 15th to correct his condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Aung's procedure and care. Aung said, "Even if I could go someplace else, I wouldn’t be able to do any hard labour due to my condition. And I can’t go to China because I can only speak a little bit of Chinese.”

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$1,323raised
$177to go

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