Thursday, November 30, 2006


Mirlande is 14 years old. She lives in the central plateau of Haiti in the Artibonite about two hours north of Port-au-Prince. It is a fertile valley with rich black dirt and adequate rainfall. Rice,sugar cane,and tropical fruits are abundant.

Mirlande has valvular heart disease due to rheumatic fever. She needs her mitral valve repaired or replaced. She cannot walk far due to her heart failure.

I have her on multiple medications to decrease the stress on her heart.

She needs heart surgery very soon in the United States or her days in the beautiful Artibonite Valley are numbered.

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