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

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Fully funded
Garlens's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2015.
  • Garlens's story
  • Garlens's update
May 27, 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 tha...

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Garlens's Timeline

  • May 27, 2015

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

  • May 28, 2015

    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

    Garlens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 3, 2015

    Garlens's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 24, 2015

    We received an update on Garlens. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

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Reuben is a charming five-year-old boy from Karatu district in Tanzania, the third child born in a family of four children. He is a cheerful and active child, who particularly enjoys soccer. His family relies on farming for both sustenance and income, but the proceeds are often barely enough to meet the family's needs. Consequently, they struggle to meet medical expenses and are earnestly seeking assistance. Reuben was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, a condition where legs curve outward at the knees while the feet and ankles touch. His legs began to bow out at the age of two, and as he continued to grow, this condition worsened, making it challenging for him to walk long distances. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, his walking became energy-intensive, and he developed an uncomfortable gait. Recently, these mobility issues have significantly impacted his participation in beloved activities like playing soccer. Concerned about the potential hindrance this untreated condition may pose when Reuben begins school, especially due to the pain he experiences while walking and the distance of the school from home, his parents sought treatment at a local hospital. However, they were compelled to halt the treatment due to the high treatment costs. Their knowledge of our medical partner's care center, Kafika House, stemmed from a doctor who attended to Reuben two years ago. Consequently, they have embarked on a quest for his medical treatment again. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Reuben receive treatment. On May 7th, surgeons will perform a reconstructive surgery that will restore Reuben's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Now, Reuben's family needs help to fund this $880 procedure. Ruben’s father says: “I hope my son will get treatment to correct his legs so that it is easy for him when he starts school.”

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