Nine Surgeries Performed in Operating Suite at Danita’s Children Medical Center!
We are very excited to share that this past weekend we performed surgeries on NINE children in our new operating room! The lives of the children who received these surgeries will never be the same. Meet one of them:
Andy’s mother told us when he was born, her family told her to abandon him at the hospital because of his cleft lip. She brought him to us seeking help and the doctors successfully repaired his cleft lip. After his surgery she told our staff, “Once he heals, I am going to take him to see those same people so they can see what God has done with his life!”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
God’s perfect timing was shown with one of our surgical patients, Aïvanove. By Friday morning our medical staff and team assessed each surgical patient, completed evaluations and made a pre-chosen surgical list of who they would operate on. That day, Aïvanove, a six-year-old boy and his mother from a town 30 minutes away from our hospital, walked into our outpatient clinic. Immediately, our pediatrician evaluated him and called the surgeons for consultation. This little boy was found to have Paraphimosis, an urologic emergency.
When we saw it was an emergency, we changed the order of the surgeries and operated on him that afternoon. This sweet boy was in so much pain and was not able to urinate properly for almost three days. After surgery, his pain was quickly relieved. The operation was a success!
While talking with his mother, we asked if she knew we had a team of surgeons here. She said, “No, I just knew that if I came to Danita’s Children they would help me no matter what.”
Aïvanove was able to stay with us for one night and discharged the next morning. His smile showed his relief and the success of the surgery. The mother was so grateful for the operation that saved her son from a possible life threatening amputation. It was a miracle of timing having the team from HCA here when this little boy showed up at our door step. This really shows the need for surgical care in Haiti and how God makes a way for each of His children in their time of need.
The effort was a collaboration between an HCA healthcare surgical team and our own doctors and nurses. They performed these nine life-changing surgeries:
– 2 cleft lips
– 1 arm burn
– 1 urological obstruction
– 5 hernias
We often see children and families travel to Ouanaminthe from across the country for care, as our medical staff is able to diagnose patients with on-site radiology and lab equipment, treat patients for a variety of ailments, and now provide surgical services in our new operating room.
THANK YOU for partnering with us to make these life transformations possible!