Astania is two months old and lives in Haiti with her parents and four older siblings. She was born with a heart condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. “Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen,” our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) shares. “This leaves her feeling sick and weak.”
Astania’s father works in construction, and her mother sells rice in a marketplace. Although they work hard, they cannot afford the heart surgery that their daughter needs. Her mother told HCA that “Astania has been sick ever since she was born,” and she is “very happy that [Astania] can have her surgery.”
$1,500 will fund preparation and overseas transportation costs for Astania’s surgery, which is also being funded with a subsidy of $5,000 from Gift of Life International.
“A successful surgery will restore normal blood flow to Astania’s heart, and she will not have any further symptoms,” HCA adds.