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Success! Marvens from Haiti raised $1,000 to fund brain surgery.

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Marvens's treatment was fully funded on May 18, 2021.

Photo of Marvens post-operation

June 7, 2021

Marvens underwent brain surgery.

During his surgery, doctors made a small hole in Marvens’s skull and used a small metal clamp to eliminate the aneurysm and prevent it from returning. Although Marvens will require long-term therapy to overcome his neurological symptoms, he is no longer at risk of death from this condition.

His mother shared with us, “Our family is very thankful to everyone who helped keep our son safe!”

During his surgery, doctors made a small hole in Marvens's skull and used a small metal clamp to eliminate the aneurysm and prevent it from ...

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May 6, 2021

Marvins is a five-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother and grandparents, and he likes drawing and playing with toy cars.

Marvens was born with a heart condition that, while not requiring surgery, requires him to visit his cardiologist and pediatrician regularly. During one of these recent visits, they discovered that Marvens has an aneurysm in his brain that could be very dangerous if not treated. Luckily, doctors in Haiti can perform a small surgical procedure to prevent the aneurysm from growing, and keep Marvens safe so his family no longer needs to worry about this condition.

Marvens’ mother is hopeful about this surgery and would appreciate any support. She says, “We will be very happy and relieved once this is over and we know that Marvens will be okay!”

Marvins is a five-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother and grandparents, and he likes drawing and playing wit...

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Marvens's Timeline

  • May 6, 2021

    Marvens was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • May 11, 2021

    Marvens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 18, 2021

    Marvens's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 21, 2021

    Marvens received treatment at St. Damien Hospital in Haiti. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • June 7, 2021

    Marvens's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Neurosurgical Aneurysm Clipping
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,000 for Marvens's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms of an unruptured brain aneurysm can include headaches, difficulty speaking, and blurred vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Although patients can live a reasonably normal life with an unruptured aneurysm, they are at high risk of sudden paralysis, disability, or death if it ruptures before being treated.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

None identified

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient will be hospitalized and will undergo a brain CT scan to determine the location and shape of an aneurysm. Then, under general anesthesia, a small piece of the skull will be removed and a metal clip will be used to clamp the blood vessel, preventing the aneurysm from bursting.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A successful procedure will remove the risk of death or disability from this condition, and allow the patient to lead a normal life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A small risk exists of neurological damage to the brain around the procedure location.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This procedure can be done in Haiti, but only at one hospital and only for those with the ability to raise funds to pay for the surgery. Patients travel to the hospital from around the entire country of Haiti, usually by bus or other public transportation.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives in Haiti to this treatment other than active observation of the aneurysm over time.

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