Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects in the world - affecting approximately 1 out of every 100 children. Help us save the one!
On July 18, 2013, 3 days before the start of our medical mission trip to Santiago, Dominican Republic, we received a call from Haiti that one of the young men planned for surgery the following week had been brought to the hospital in very poor condition. Jonathan, who was 16 years old at the time, was 5'7" tall and weighed a meager 90 lbs. He was weak and struggling just to breathe. Due to a previous illness of rheumatic fever, he aquired damage to his mitral and aortic valves and was in severe heart failure. We organized for him to be transported immediately to Santiago where he was admitted to the children's hospital we would be working at. Our team was able to start caring for him upon our arrival. After a week of medical treatment, it was determined that he was in the best condition he was going to be in, and it was time to take him to surgery or he would die with out it. On July 29, he underwent a double valve replacement. His surgery was long, and his heart was extremely weak after the surgery. The surgeon was eventually able to wean him off of the heart lung machine, and he was admitted to the ICU. Despite the weakness, he recovered well over the next few days, and was eventually sent back home to Haiti a few weeks later. In September 2015, we were able to follow up with Jonathan. His checkup and echo both showed that his heart is great! He has grown like a weed, is going to school and enjoying life! He is looking forward to college next year!Jonathan is just one example of the gift of life that ICHF provides to children with heart disease around the world. With your support, we can save more!