Kesny is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade and enjoys school and going to church.
Kesny has a cardiac condition called rheumatic heart disease. As a younger child, Kesny suffered a severe rheumatic fever, which damaged all four valves of his heart. As a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body and he is in late-stage heart failure.
Kesny will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 26, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair or replace all four of the damaged valves in his heart. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery.
Kesny’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 Kesny’s family overseas.
He says, “I am looking forward to being able to stop worrying about my heart after my surgery!”