Health
 Haiti
Project #4583

Haiti Rehabilitation Centre

by Hope Health Action
Vetted
Mar 8, 2011

The story of Leon

Vocational training at our temp rehab centre
Vocational training at our temp rehab centre

Everyone at the Haiti Hospital Appeal would like to thank you for donating towards our rehabilitation project.  Work has begun, and already great progress is being made.  To share a little about one of the individuals who you've helped support, we wanted to share a little testimony from one of our patients, and his experience since the Haiti earthquake.

"I was at home eating at the dinner table when the earth shook, when I stood up, I fell down. My family were watching television and I could see the wall split into two parts. I tried to get outside but the butt of the door fell from the ceiling on top of my waist. I lost my mind and knowledge. It was only after 3 days that I recognised myself and called someone. I said, "I am alive, come and get me out.

A neighbour was trying to lift up the wall and in doing so I was pierced through my heel by some iron. When I was pulled out I lost my mind once again and awoke in Santiago General Hospital in the Dominican Republic. I was then moved into a hospital on the border in Quanamithe. It was there I was told that my wife and eight children had all died in the earthquake.

I was again transferred to another hospital, the government hospital in Cap-Haitian. I then spent all my money trying to get better. I just wanted to go home.

I didn't think I would survive, even my cousin who found me didn't think it possible. Maybe it would have been possible to still live but without being transferred to the spinal unit here run by the Haiti Hospital Appeal I would be far more severely disabled.

The spinal unit has become a home for me. Here I have learnt to walk again and do other activities. I've come to the conclusion that this is the is the best hospital I have ever visited. If I were elsewhere I don't think they could have cared for me, not with my injuries. I never seen nurses or doctors caring so much.

When I think about my wife and children I always shed tears but I refuse to get discouraged, I keep on fighting. I think about my future, I'd like to go home, I'd like to get a job. I'd like to have my own house and work in an place just like this."

Leon's story is just one example of an individual who you've helped save and transform.  However, there are many more patients we'd like to support, but we need your help to do this.  Please visit:  www.haitihospitalappeal.org to find out more information or continue supporting us through Globalgiving.

Leon and some of our other patients
Leon and some of our other patients

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Hope Health Action

Location: West Wickham, Kent - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.hopehealthaction.org
Project Leader:
Barry Mann
Volunteer
Bromley, United Kingdom

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