Success! Djounailena from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund surgery prep and travel so she can receive life-changing heart surgery.

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Djounailena's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2023.
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August 29, 2022

Photo of Djounailena post-operation

February 1, 2023

Djounailena underwent life-changing heart surgery and is healing well.

During surgery, doctors removed the damaged valve from Djounailena's heart and replaced it with an artificial valve. Her heart can now pump ...

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Djounailena's Timeline

  • August 29, 2022

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

  • August 30, 2022

    Djounailena's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2022

    Djounailena received treatment at Health City Cayman Islands in Cayman Islands. 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.

  • January 3, 2023

    Djounailena's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2023

    Djounailena's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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