Taking Care of Our Staff
A NPH physician receives physical therapy after a life-altering stroke.
August 14, 2018 - Haiti
Dr. Magareth Blaise is 58 years old and the mother of two children, both of whom are now adults. Dr. Blaise has worked for many years with us, saving children’s lives as a doctor in our flagship home, St. Helene, as well as all across the country.
After a long time working at the St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital, she decided to step away from a time to raise her two kids, who were too young to leave at home by themselves.
After a time, Fr. Rick Frechette, President of NPH Haiti, asked her to return, and she quickly regained her stride with NPH – being instrumental in helping start the St. Luke programs and St. Luke Family Hospital. The St. Luke Foundation provides education, healthcare, and dignified humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people per year, while employing more than 1,000 Haitian staff – all across 10 departments of Haiti.
When the devastating 2010 earthquake happened, Dr. Blaise brought her full professional support to NPH Haiti, especially to our St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, which treated patients effected by the disaster. In October 2010, she managed the Cholera outbreak hospital camps, which quickly opened to save life of the people who were severely dehydrated. She was the Supervisor of the St. Luke Family Hospital and worked in partnership with St. Damien’s Children Hospital.
In 2013, Dr. Blaise had a serious stroke and went to the US for treatment. According to her physical therapist, Norma Lopez, Dr. Blaise was diagnosed with two stroke or ACV, which strongly affected her left brain.
Since 2013, she comes to NPH regularly for physical therapy and speech therapy. She receives stroke rehab treatment twice a week. She puts a lot of effort for her recovering. During her therapy she works hard trying to do her best. She has improved a lot but unfortunately, because of the damage in her brain, she still cannot fully recover. She is a living example of courage, faith and hope.
Dr. Blaise is been in our therapy program at Kay St. Germaine NPH Haiti for almost six years. According to her, she was not able to talk, to walk or to even recognize herself following her stroke. But now, speech has returned to her, even if only partially.
Our program for patients with special needs, called "Kay St. Germaine," opened its doors in 2008. It offers physical/muscular therapy and speech/language therapy services to children with neurological disabilities and adults who are affected by strokes. At this program, we have specialists, volunteers, and our incredible local staff, all who work daily to serve those in need.
According Dr. Blaise, "Everything I am able to do is thanks to NPH Therapy program, my therapist Norma Lopez, and my speech therapist Juna Devil, who are doing incredible work to make this program succeed."
After years of hard work in her therapies, Dr. Magareth Blaise can now still continue her work as a doctor.