The Story of a Strong Little Girl in the Malnutrition Ward

“Her progress is considered as a victory, a success!" - Nurse Boirond
January 31, 2018 - Haiti

Roseline with Fr. Rick

Roseline* was a three-year-old girl born in Ile-a-Vache, which lies in the Baie de Cayes about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) off the coast of Haiti's southwest peninsula.

She was sick, and there was no hospital available on this little island to care for her. Her father was advised to travel to the city to look for better care, so he brought her thousands of miles from his house to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Upon arriving to the city, he was advised to come to St. Damien Pediatric hospital, where on January 15th, Nailande was hospitalized. She was four months old and in critical condition. When she arrived at the hospital, she was diagnosed as malnourished with paralysis in her arm. She spent more than six months in the hospital, and her parents left her there to receive better care. During her stay, she received many treatments as well as physiotherapy. After a while of living in the hospital bed and receiving care from St. Damien's staff, she was no longer malnourished but still needed special care.

Roseline moved to the St. Anne Babyhouse, and is now has been in the St. Simon program for children with disabilities since January 5th, 2017. She is now at a healthy weight; she is very funny and cheerful and has lots of friends.

Before she arrived at St. Simon, she could not yet speak or walk. Her condition has improved very well thanks to her therapy program and socialization; she is able to speak but not yet clearly, able to walk but not yet fast, but these are major successes for her. The other good news is that next year she can go school, according to Nurse Boirond, the head of the clinic at St. Anne and St. Simon's.

She now goes to therapy once a week, but her favorite activities include participating in the home's activities, watching T.V. and taking walks with her caregivers. She eats four times a day; twice in the morning, for lunch and dinner.

Nurse Boirond comments, “Her progress is considered as a victory, a success!"

*Name changed for privacy purposes.

Denso GAY   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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