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John Bradley from Haiti raised $1,500 to treat severe respiratory distress.

John Bradley
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Fully funded
John Bradley's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2015.

Photo of John Bradley post-operation

August 13, 2015

John Bradley received treatment for severe respiratory distress.

“John has had a successful surgery to be healthy again,” reports his doctor at Project Medishare. “The treatment consisted of draining the pus John had in his lung; now John is healthy and happy with his family. He is doing well and all his symptoms are gone, he will come back after one month for follow up again.”

“I want to say a lot of thanks to you because you helped my son to save his life,” shares John Bradley’s mother. “Despite my lack of money to afford the surgery, you took care of John and the surgery is a success for him. I am praying for you to keep helping the other patients. Thank you.”

"John has had a successful surgery to be healthy again," reports his doctor at Project Medishare. "The treatment consisted of draining the p...

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July 13, 2015

“John is a beautiful little boy living with his father,” shares our medical partner in Haiti, Project Medishare (PM).

Just eight years old, John is in severe respiratory distress. “Twelve months ago John fell on a rock while biking in his neighborhood, and his parents did not take him to the hospital because they did not have money and it was not severe,” PM explains. “A few days later John started having difficulties breathing and his belly, face and foot started swelling.” When his father saw this, he took John to the hospital where he was given oxygen. However, pus in his right lung is still preventing him from breathing normally.

In order for John to recover, he must receive surgery to remove the pus. “John’s father is working very hard to raise money for him,” PM tells us. “He has to walk under the hot sun of Haiti every day, selling used stuff.”

John’s father shares, “I fix stuff I find to sell in order to get money to feed my kid. I only came to the hospital with John hoping to receive free care because he was very sick; when they said to me that it is a private hospital and that I have to pay, I thought about going back home because I have no money. 
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Thankfully, John’s father does not have to take his son home. With $1,500 in funding, PM explains, “Treatment will consist of a thoracic drainage by surgical intervention.” First, the pus will be drained from John’s lung. Second, John will be given antibiotics to treat the infection. Finally, he will rejoin his family and resume his healthy life.

“This surgery will save John’s life,” PM shares. Let’s fund this life-saving treatment and allow John to live a normal childhood—without pain and respiratory distress.

“John is a beautiful little boy living with his father,” shares our medical partner in Haiti, Project Medishare (PM). Just eight years o...

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John Bradley's Timeline

  • July 13, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    John Bradley was submitted by Joseph Emmanuel at Project Medishare.

  • July 13, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John Bradley received treatment. 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.

  • July 20, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John Bradley's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    John Bradley's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 13, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on John Bradley. Read the update.

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