Rod: a teenage boy, who was close to death, will be heading home to haiti this weekend, owing his life to a central new york medical team.
Doctors say he would have died, had he not undergone cardiac surgery, and that's something he couldn't get in haiti.
Christie: tonight - newschannel9's rachel polansky shows us how syracuse opened its arms to mend a young boy's heart.
Rachel: 18-year-old valder dormilus came to st.
Joseph's hospital with a broken heart -- he had to have an aortic valve replacement -- and that surgery is not possible in haiti -- darline, valder's host mom " he told me, it means everything."
The 'haiti cardiac alliance' brings patients who need heart surgery to different hospitals throughout the country there are hundreds on the wait list -- and they rely on volunteer physicians.
When the alliance approached st.
Joe's with valder's story, the cardiac team jumped at the chance to help the young boy -- and he had open- heart surgery last month "valder talking in creole.
Darline: he feels good."
Darline," before the surgery he was weaker, he felt sicker.
But now he feels better and he has more strength."
Strength to act like a kid..
And explore syracuse..
He's been to the most..
He's flown kites at stone quarry art park..
He's even had some fun at dave and busters..
But he says the best part of his stay..
The pizza at the hospital <nats Betsy bringing pizza 33:50 darline, "yea he loves pizza a lot."
Valder says it's been a life- changing experience nats valder talking 29:25 but he's ready to go back home to haiti -- and show his friends and family -- his mended heart "valder talking in creole... darline: He want to say thank you for everything they do for him, to save his life.
And he is grateful" rachel polansky, "the Haiti Cardiac Alliance has helped more than 100 haitian children and young adults get the life- saving surgeries that they need.
Here in syracuse, 5 children have success stories.
Rachel polansky, newschannel9."
Or 43:01-43:13 rod: every year, hundreds of haitian children die from heart conditions that could be fixed.
Before vaulder heads home to haiti on sunday, he will get a chance to explore new york city with the 'haiti cardiac alliance.'
For more information on the organization, visit our website local