Josias was 8 months old when his mother brought him to CEDIMAT. Born with down syndrome, heart disease was not unexpected as it highly prevalent in children with down syndrome. Josias had congenital hypothyroidism, and with his father not working and his mother working for a betting bank, he was unable to afford the medical care he needed.

DOCF took Josias into our program and he was given ventricular atrial channel repair by the skilled surgeons that lead the DOCF pediatric cardiology program. He will continue to need heart monitoring and care, which DOCF will provide as long as Josias needs. He has recovered well from his surgery and is growing and progressing well.