Benjamin is 14-years-old and lives in Haiti. He was born with a cardiac condition called valvar pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too narrow to allow enough blood to pass through it. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leaving him sickly and weak and causing heart failure.
Benjamin was also born with developmental disabilities; he does not speak, though he is almost always smiling and makes friends easily with everyone around him. Benjamin lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He does not currently attend school because there is no special-needs school in his area, but helps his parents around the house and plays in the neighborhood with the other children.
For $1,500, Benjamin will be transported overseas to undergo a $5,000 heart surgery that is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands.
“We have been hoping for a long time that Benjamin’s heart problem could be fixed,” shares Benjamin’s mother. “We are so happy our prayers are being answered.”