Freddie, looking much happier after treatment
Simon arrived at the Maison de Benediction (our children’s respite home) in March of this year. He had been referred to us by friends of the hospital, Second Mile, an organisation which provides education and care for malnourished children and their mothers. Simon’s mum has learning difficulties and despite going through the programme at Second Mile three times, Simon was not putting on weight when he was at home and it became obvious that his mother was unable to care for him.
Simon also has minor learning difficulties and Nancie, the head of the Maison de Benediction was contacted to find a foster mother for him, as his mother agreed that she should give him up. Simon was registered in the foster care system, and Jennie, a warm mother of two offered to foster Simon. When he first came to the Maison at 13 months, he was severely underweight and was unable to support himself. Under the diligent care of the Maison carers, weekly assessments from the chief medical director at the hospital and loving home with Jennie, Simon has been able to thrive. Now as he approaches his second birthday he is a happy, healthy boy, sitting by himself who loves playing with the other children at the Maison.
The hospital also had its first surgical team come to perform minor surgeries last month, and one of the beneficiaries was Freddie, an eight year-old from the Maison. He had had a painful abscess on his neck for a week, however the surgical team were able to drain it and within the space of an afternoon, Freddie was feeling a lot better. This is why we are hugely grateful to all our supporters, especially those that come and share their medical expertise with our Haitian staff and serve our patients.
On behave of all of our team, and the patients we are privileged to serve, thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year. We hope you will feel encouraged by the difference you have made. May we close by wishing you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
With much love and thanks
All the HHA team
Simon has thrived at the Maison since his arrival.