meet our patients
When Haitian Hearts diagnoses a person with a heart
problem, they go on our waiting list. The next big task is to find a
hospital willing to treat the patient. We have located hospitals for some of
the patients described below. For others, we are still searching.
Mona - In the United States,
children born with congenital heart defects have them repaired in infancy.
This isn't the case in Haiti. Meet Mona, a 30-year-old woman with a defect
called Tetralogy of Fallot. Most children with this problem do not live past
adolescence if it is not repaired. Mona is a lovely woman with a gentle
demeanor who will live many more years if her heart is repaired.
Jessica - On his October 2009 trip,
John taught a class of nurses in Les Cayes, Haiti. One day after class, one
of the nurses brought in her five-year-old daughter for John to examine. He
detected a heart murmur, indicating a defect, in beautiful Jessica's heart.
Jessica is our most recent addition to our list of waiting patients.
Widerlande - We first met Widnerlande in 2004. Her mother brought her to a clinic where
John was working and an echocardiogram revealed that she had a heart defect.
Widerlande's family lives in a rural part of Haiti, where doctors and
clinics are rare. However, this challenge has not kept her mother from
obtaining medical care for her daughter, even when it means traveling great
distances. Widnerlande had successful heart surgery at Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Sacramento on January 23, 2011.
Medjina - Many Haitians and Americans working in Haiti know of Haitian Hearts and often bring us patients. Such was the case with Medjina, a seven-year-old girl with a damaged heart valve. Medjina had successful heart surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital.