Andreina came to the DOCF at 18, living with friends as her mother does not work and so she did not have a home. She had rheumatic cardiomyopathy and a severe aortic insufficiency, and badly needed replacement for 2 valves in her heart.

DOCF’s social work team got her admitted into its pediatric cardiology program at CEDIMAT and ensured that she surgery would be covered. DOCF supported a mission trip to ensure a valve replacement specialist could come to the Dominican Republic and perform surgery for Andreina and more than a dozen other children like her, needing valve replacements.

Andreina has recovered well and is now able to focus on planning a future for herself.