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

Marlene
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Marlene's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Marlene post-operation

May 20, 2019

Marlene underwent cardiac surgery.

During surgery, doctors were able to repair Marlene’s damaged mitral valve so that it can open and close more normally. She should now be able to lead a healthy life without significant symptoms from her heart.

She says, “I am so glad that my prayers of many years have been answered!”

During surgery, doctors were able to repair Marlene's damaged mitral valve so that it can open and close more normally. She should now be ab...

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April 26, 2019

Marlene is a mother of two from Haiti. She sells kitchen supplies at a local market stall, and sings in her church choir. Marlene has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. This makes her heart unable to circulate blood properly, leaving her weak and short of breath.

Marlene will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On April 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery.

Marlene’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 Marlene’s family overseas.

She says, “I am so glad that my prayers for surgery are about to be answered.”

Marlene is a mother of two from Haiti. She sells kitchen supplies at a local market stall, and sings in her church choir. Marlene has a card...

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Marlene's Timeline

  • April 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 27, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marlene received treatment at Hospital CEDIMAT in Dominican Republic. 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 3, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marlene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marlene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 6, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marlene's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 37 donors

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $2,380 for Marlene'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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Turyagumanawe

Turyagumanawe is a 46-year-old mother from Uganda. She currently lives with her mother and children, since she lost her husband in 2004. Through small scale farming, Turyagumanawe grows maize, millet and beans. The little profits she earns goes towards her two children's education and the rest for family upkeep. She loves singing and proudly shared that in the past was the vice-chairperson of her church choir. For the past three months, Turyagumanawe has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain and other difficult symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a large tubo ovarian mass. Initially, she had gone to a different facility and had pain medication prescribed. However, with the pain and bleeding becoming more severe, Turyagumanawe opted to visit Nyakibale Hospital, where she was ultimately diagnosed and recommended to undergo a hysterectomy. This health condition has affected her daily life, especially her ability to do the things she loves like being present in her church choir. Turyagumanawe hopes to undergo treatment in order to lead a normal life, but is worried about the financial cost of her care. Turyagumanawe needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyagumanawe's surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo this procedure at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Turyagumanawe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Turyagumanawe shared, “I will really be grateful if am given your support to receive my treatment. Alone, my finances can’t enable me to raise enough funds for the surgery. I hope to continue with farming so as to provide for my children as their sole parent."

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$26raised
$193to go

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