Success! Stevenson from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund life-saving heart surgery.

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Stevenson's treatment was fully funded on February 8, 2023.
  • Stevenson's story
  • Stevenson's update
September 19, 2022

Photo of Stevenson post-operation

February 27, 2023

Stevenson underwent life-saving heart surgery.

During surgery, the damaged valve in Stevenson's heart was removed and replaced with an artificial mechanical valve. His heart can now pump ...

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Stevenson's Timeline

  • September 19, 2022

    Stevenson was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at International Cardiac Alliance.

  • September 22, 2022

    Stevenson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 27, 2022

    Stevenson received treatment at Hospital CEDIMAT in Dominican Republic. 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.

  • February 8, 2023

    Stevenson's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 27, 2023

    Stevenson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Sarin is a 53-year-old single woman who lives in Phnom Penh province and is the primary caregiver for her elderly parents. She has five living siblings (sadly, two of her siblings died young) who help to support her and her parents. Most of her day is taken up with caring for her parents, cooking, and cleaning. In the evenings, Sarin likes to practice dhamma - a form of Buddhist meditation - as well as listen to the village monks pray on the local radio station. For many years, Sarin had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. If untreated, a cholesteatoma can cause erosion of the three small bones located in the middle ear, resulting in nerve deterioration, imbalance, vertigo, and deafness. It can also affect and erode, through the enzymes it produces, the thin bone structure that isolates the top of the ear from the brain, risking further infection with serious complications. Sarin's cholesteatoma has caused her many problems. She suffers ear discharge, headaches, and a gradual loss of hearing. It is difficult for her to communicate with her family and other villagers, and she is embarrassed that she cannot hear well. She visited several hospitals seeking care but could not afford to pay for surgery. One of the hospitals suggested she visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Sarin traveled to CSC and, after examination, learned that she will be able to receive treatment. On October 17, the ENT surgeons at CSC will remove the cholesteatoma by performing a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. CSC is requesting $926 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sarin said: "I hopeful that this operation will improve my hearing and prevent a brain infection."

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