Guerline is 12 years old, and lives in central Haiti with her mother, father, and three brothers. She likes to go to school but she has not been able to attend for three years due to her heart condition. She likes going to church and helping her mother at home.
Guerline has a condition called rheumatic mitral valve regurgitation, in which one of the valves of her heart does not adequately pump blood because it has been damaged by a fever. As a result, blood backs up into her heart, leading to heart failure. Because she has lived for so long with this condition, there is a chance it may no longer be repairable, but the only way to determine this is by inserting a catheter into the chambers of her heart. Since this is not possible in Haiti, arrangements are being made to bring her to Dominican Republic to perform this extremely important test in the hopes that she can have heart surgery later in the year.
$1,500 will fund this diagnostic procedure, as well as all travel and transportation costs. “Following the catheterization procedure, Guerline and her family will know with certainty whether her condition is operable or not,” her doctor says. “If operable, plans will then be made to move forward with her surgery as soon as possible.”
“I am hoping that the problem with my heart can be fixed so I can go back to school,” Guerline shares.