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Success! Cristel from Guatemala raised $1,169 for heart surgery.

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Fully funded
Cristel's treatment was fully funded on October 6, 2016.

Photo of Cristel post-operation

December 13, 2016

Cristel successfully received life-saving heart surgery.

After having her surgery postponed because of a mild cold, Cristel was finally able to have surgery to repair her serious heart defects. After her surgery, our medical team was impressed with how quickly she recovered and was starting to walk around on her own, and how healthy her heart sounded! She has been gaining weight and growing better now that her heart is functioning normally. Her mother says that before, she would get tired quickly when she played, but now she is always running and jumping around, and in her mother’s words, “is much naughtier.” We look forward to seeing how Cristel continues to grow bigger and stronger now that her heart is no longer in danger of failing!

“Before the surgery, she didn’t eat much, and her little heart was always palpitating,” says Cristel’s mother. “Now she can walk without getting tired, and she feels so much better.”

After having her surgery postponed because of a mild cold, Cristel was finally able to have surgery to repair her serious heart defects. Aft...

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August 18, 2016

Cristel is an only child from Guatemala, and a joy to her parents. Cristel loves to eat beans, which are her favorite food, color and paint, and play with her dolls. Her father works in a clothing factory in Guatemala, and her mother takes care of Cristel, cooks, and cleans. Cristel lives with her mother and extended family in one-room house in a Maya Quiche village in the mountains. The family loves to spend their free time going to church, where Cristel has joined the choir.

Cristel was born with several heart defects. One of them is a hole in her heart, which makes her heart work twice as hard to pump oxygenated blood into her body. She also has a defect in the veins that take blood from the lungs to the heart, which connect to the heart in the wrong place, meaning that oxygenated blood enters and leaves from the wrong part of the heart, depriving her body of oxygenated blood. If she does not receive immediate treatment, she could go into heart failure, have high blood pressure in the lungs (which is damaging), dangerous irregular heart rhythms, or a stroke. Although Cristel’s father works hard, he makes only a couple dollars per day, making this life-saving surgery a luxury they cannot afford for their daughter.

This surgical intervention will repair the defects in Cristel’s heart and veins. $1,169 in funds will allow Watsi’s medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, to provide surgeons and necessary medication for Cristel’s condition. Once her heart can function properly, she will be able to run and play like a normal child, and her mother will be able to send her to school without worry. She will be able to run and play for long periods of time, and be more independent, allowing her to attend school. This treatment will greatly improve her quality of life now, and prevent her from facing the life-threatening consequences of her defects later on.

Her mother shares: “I hope this surgery helps Cristel to go to school, so she can study and one day be a secretary.”

Cristel is an only child from Guatemala, and a joy to her parents. Cristel loves to eat beans, which are her favorite food, color and paint,...

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Cristel's Timeline

  • August 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Cristel was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • September 9, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cristel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cristel received treatment at UNICAR in Guatemala. 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.

  • October 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cristel's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Cristel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Congenital Heart - Teeth OK
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,169 for Cristel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$372
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$47
Supplies
$0
Travel
$267
Labs
$131
Other
$352

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