Beth is 16 years old and lives in Port-au-Prince. She gave an ominous history of coughing up blood and being short of breath.
Her heart and lung exam revealed two leaky heart valves that are causing her heart to fail. Beth needs heart surgery to repair or replace the valves that have been injured by rheumatic fever.
Haitian Hearts started her on multiple medications and her repeat exam a couple of weeks ago was the same.
The good news is that Beth now has her passport and CHADASHA has accepted her for heart surgery in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Beth leaves for Santiago next Friday and will be accompanied by her sister.
Beth is Haitian Hearts "Number 162". We thank all of Haitian Hearts supporters and CHADASHA. This is a "team effort" and would not happen without the help of everyone.
John A. Carroll, MD