Jean Gardy is a student from Haiti. Jean Gardy lives with his mother and younger brother in Port-au-Prince. He is in the eighth grade, and hopes to become an engineer when he grows up.
Jean Gardy has a cardiac condition called rheumatic aortic regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart was damaged by a rheumatic fever when he was younger, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his body.
Jean Gardy will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 9, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve. If they are unable, they will implant an artificial replacement valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $27,000 to pay for surgery.
Jean Gardy’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 Jean Gardy’s family overseas.
He says, “I am glad to have this surgery so I don’t have to worry about my health!”