Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Successful Surgery for Medjina!

We are so happy to report that 7-year-old Medjina Bontemps had successful surgery to replace her mitral valve at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Medjina had the surgery six days ago, and will be discharged from the hospital today.

Medjina is the fifth Haitian child that St. Louis Children's has taken care of for Haitian Hearts. We are deeply grateful to them for the fine care they provide. We are also want to thank from the bottom of our hearts host family Jim and Jane Ebel who have taken such excellent, loving care of so many Haitian children.
Medjina is the first Haitian Hearts patient who has had surgery since the earthquake. We have another child, Winderlande, who is still in Haiti, but has been accepted by Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. We are actively working on getting Winderlande's passport updated and hope that she will be coming to California soon to have her heart repaired. You can read about the wonderful fundraiser that was held for Winderlande by the welcoming folks in California here. We are hopeful that Winderlande will be coming to California in the next few months.