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Success! John from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund pre and post operative care for his heart surgery.

John
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
John's treatment was fully funded on October 16, 2022.

Photo of John post-operation

October 25, 2022

John underwent heart surgery.

John traveled to the Dominican Republic and during surgery his damaged heart valve was replaced with an artificial valve. His heart is now strong and can now pump blood through his body. He should now be able to live a full and active life going forward.

John is happy to be feeling better already and have more energy. He shared: “I am excited to start playing soccer and to go back to school and see all of my friends!”

John traveled to the Dominican Republic and during surgery his damaged heart valve was replaced with an artificial valve. His heart is now s...

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May 9, 2022

John is a 12-year-old student living in a small village in northern Haiti. John lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister, and before he fell ill, he loved to play soccer and to go to school. John has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation, which means that one of his heart valves can no longer pump blood through his body. This condition is due to an infection John suffered earlier in childhood, and it has rendered him weak and left him in late-stage heart failure.

The care John needs is not available in Haiti, so John will need to fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 9th, he’ll finally undergo the cardiac surgery he needs, during which surgeons will remove the severely damaged valve and implant a mechanical valve in its place. Our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $15,000 to pay for the surgery.

However, John’s family also needs help to fund all the pre and postoperative costs. The $1,500 they are seeking will cover laboratory tests, medicines, checkups and follow-up appointments. It will also help John to obtain a passport, and cover the costs of the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany John’s family overseas for his treatment.

John shared: “I am looking forward to being strong and healthy again once my heart is fixed.”

John is a 12-year-old student living in a small village in northern Haiti. John lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister, and ...

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John's Timeline

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John 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.

  • May 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    John's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Overseas Prep and Transportation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $2,380 for John's treatment
Subsidies fund $880 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$450
Medication
$360
Supplies
$0
Travel
$1,300
Labs
$180
Other
$90

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Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

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