Saturday, October 07, 2006

Haitian Fathers

Haitian fathers care about their children. They work as hard as they can to provide for their family. There is much work in Haiti but few jobs. And the jobs that do exist don't pay hardly anything. But Haitian men do work and can probably outwork anyone anywhere. I have seen them do incredible physical labor, such as clearing very heavy rocks from a huge field overlooking the Caribbean Sea, that I did not think was possible...and they did it with their bare hands.

This two year old girl, Chevalier, has a congenital heart defect known as a ventricular septal defect. It is a very common congenital heart problem which allows too much blood to flow back to the lungs through a little hole in the heart that shouldn't be there. After a few years, the heart can become enlarged and weak because it is receiving excessive blood. Also, the lungs can develop high blood pressure and refuse to receive blood from the heart which leads to death.

Chevalier has nothing irreversible right now. Her heart and lungs work well but she needs cardiac surgery now to close the hole in her heart. She will do well if she is operated before permanent damage is done.

Her father cares about her. She loves her father. He is depending on Haitian Hearts to find a hosptial in the United States to operate Chevalier.

Haitian fathers care. They work hard. They deserve much more.

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