Our little Hero, André Lunie

April 18, 2023

André Lunie is a 19-month-old infant that was born healthy at the hospital after an uneventful pregnancy. When she was 4 months old, her mother realized that her head was abnormal and she quickly brought her to a clinic in her village where a nurse recommended she come to For You Haiti.

When we evaluated her at the clinic, we found out that Lunie had a condition called Hydrocephalus. Just one month later, in March 2022, we were able to secure André Lunie with a life-saving surgery called Ventriculoperitoneal shunting.

Conditions in Haiti are not optimal for a post-operative patient, and 2 months after the surgery, Lunie was admitted to the Wesleyan Hospital for infection over the shunt and acute malnutrition. During this hospitalization, we discovered she had a severe eye complication from her malnutrition. A condition called Xerophthalmia. After two weeks at the hospital, she was transferred to the mainland for better care where she spent about 1 month there and then was discharged after a little progress.

3 days after she got discharged she was admitted again at the Wesleyen  Hospital for high fever and seizure. Unfortunately, she had a  second surgery: the shunt was removed because of infection. After a couple of weeks at the hospital on the mainland, she was discharged.

Unfortunately, Lunie lost her sight, but she survived the terrible infection of the shunt.

I still remember the days when her mother spent about 3 months at the hospital and how she was suffering. We hope that our little hero has made it and now she is receiving the warmth and love of her devoted mother.

 

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