Clara is a preschooler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger sister in a rural area not far from the capital. She likes attending preschool and playing with her friends and neighbors. Clara has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart; blood leaks through this hole, leaving her weak and short of breath.
On February 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. During surgery, surgeons will stitch the hole closed so that blood no longer leaks through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery.
Clara’s family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications.
Her mother says, “Our family has been praying for this surgery since we learned our daughter was sick, and we are very happy the day has arrived!”