Santa’s life is far from easy. She lives in the remote village of Capotille, nestled deep in the mountains of northern Haiti. Her parents and 11 siblings share a small home and make money selling items in the market. As hard as they work, their circumstances barely get them through each day with enough to eat.

Santa being admitted.

Santa has juvenile diabetes. A few months ago she got very sick, she lost her appetite and experienced extreme fatigue. The closest medical clinic was miles away and her father worried how they would pay the bill if they found a way to reach it. They sought treatment from the local village doctor who treated Santa with medicinal herbs. Fearing for her life, Santa’s father made the decision to make the trip to the hospital.

He walked through the gates of Hope for Haiti, carrying his daughter in his arms. She was so weak she could not even walk. Our medical staff began working on her immediately. Through around the clock care and close monitoring, Santa began to heal and get stronger each day.

Santa and her father at their home in Capotille.

She stayed with us for over a week while she received care and education on how to manage her diabetes. Each month we provide monitoring strips and insulin free of charge to help her manage her disease.

As Santa received medical care in our hospital, she also noticed something different about how our nurses and staff cared for and and loved her. Daily interaction between Santa and our staff led to conversations about her Heavenly Father, one who she had never accepted before. One week after being admitted to our hospital, we shared a message of hope with Santa and her father. When asked if either one was ready to accept Jesus as their Savior, Santa was quick to respond, “Yes!” She stood to her feet and raised her hands and prayed to accept Jesus in that moment.

Her father received education on how to manage his daughter’s disease.

Santa made a full recovery and has since returned home a healthy 16-year-old. Each month we get to catch up with Santa when she visits us at the medical center to receive her monitoring strips and insulin.

Santa receives free monitoring strips and insulin to regulate her diabetes

Santa attends church each Sunday and she said she has a new outlook on life. Santa was given quality medical care and education to manage her disease but more importantly, she was given the gift of hope through salvation.

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