Samuel is a nine-year-old student who lives with his parents and three siblings in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. He is currently in third grade and enjoys studying history and science.
Samuel has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a combination of four different congenital heart defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves.
Fortunately, Samuel is scheduled to travel to the United States where he will undergo cardiac surgery on September 14th at Akron Children’s Hospital. During the procedure, surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in his heart and remove the blockage from his valve.
A portion of the cost of Samuel’s treatment is being supported by Akron Children’s Hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), is raising the remaining $1,500 to cover the costs of his surgery prep, which includes all labs, medication, check-up and follow-up appointments, and the passports needed for HCA’s social workers to accompany Samuel and his family overseas.
Samuel’s mother says, “I have been very worried about my son’s health for many years. I am looking forward to being able to stop worrying so much after this surgery!”