“Fabrice became very ill with rheumatic fever when he was 13 years old,” shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “This fever severely damaged his mitral and aortic valves, leaving his heart unable to properly pump blood through his body. As a result, he has been very weak and unable to attend school for the past five years.”
“18-year-old Fabrice lives in Haiti with his grandmother and his aunt. He lost his parents when he was young,” HCA continues. “He has many friends even though he cannot attend school. He likes watching soccer on TV and would like to study to become either an engineer or a doctor.”
$1,500 will fund overseas transportation and preparation for Fabrice’s heart surgery. Maine Medical Center has contributed $25,000 to fund the procedure itself.
“Following surgery, Fabrice will require lifelong anticoagulation and blood testing but should otherwise be able to lead a full and normal life,” HCA adds.