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Garlens from Haiti raised $1,500 to treat a rare congenital heart disease.

Garlens
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Garlens's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2015.

Photo of Garlens post-operation

June 24, 2015

Garlens received life-saving heart surgery.

“It is like a dream to me that Garlens’ heart is fixed,” his mother shares. “I want to thank everyone who helped him, and my family says thank you also.”

“During a difficult and complicated surgery, Garlens’ pulmonary vein was reattached to his heart, allowing blood to flow normally through his body,” the staff at Haiti Cardiac Alliance tells us. “He should be able to lead a healthy life with no need for further surgery.”

"It is like a dream to me that Garlens' heart is fixed," his mother shares. "I want to thank everyone who helped him, and my family says tha...

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May 27, 2015

“Garlens was born with a relatively rare condition in which his pulmonary veins do not connect to the heart in the normal anatomical location,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “As a result, blood and oxygen cannot circulate normally through his body, making him extremely sick and oxygen-deprived. Without surgery, his life expectancy would be months or weeks.”

One-year-old Garlens is his mother’s first child, and they live with his grandmother just east of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Garlens was diagnosed with total anomalous pulmonary vein return, which is a rare congenital heart condition.

“Garlens and his mother have been staying together in an intensive care ward for the past several months, and despite his condition he has been growing and developing, and plays well with other babies and with adults,” HCA continues.

International Children’s Heart Foundation has contributed $7500 to heart surgery for Garlens, but he still needs an additional $1500 to cover overseas preparation and transportation.

“Following surgery, normal blood flow should be restored to Garlens’s heart and he should be able to live a full and normal life,” HCA adds.

Garlen’s mom tells us: “I have been praying to God every day to make a path for Garlens to live. My prayers are about to be answered!”

"Garlens was born with a relatively rare condition in which his pulmonary veins do not connect to the heart in the normal anatomical locatio...

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Garlens's Timeline

  • May 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Garlens was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • May 28, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Garlens 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.

  • June 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Garlens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 3, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Garlens's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 24, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Garlens. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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