This year our For You Haiti medical team saw many cases of Anthrax, not commonly seen on the small island of La Gonave. Carmy, a For You Haiti staff member, was making his rounds in remote villages visiting patients when he came across a four-year-old girl named Sara Rose who had a terrible eye infection.
Sara Rose was brought to the For You Haiti medical clinic and diagnosed with Anthrax. Anthrax left Sara Rose’s eyelid swollen and infected. Her eyelid was flipped inside out and she was unable to even close her eye. Her eyesight thankfully had not been affected yet but the doctors at For You Haiti knew that she was running out of time and needed the surgery immediately. The surgery would need to take place on the main island of Port au Prince which is a four-hour boat ride away from La Gonave. There was no way for the family to afford it.
For You Haiti stepped in and not only funded the surgery but made all of the travel arrangements for her and her family. Sara Rose and her family were invited to stay at the For You Haiti care house after the surgery where she was given meals and around-the-clock medical care. “Her sweet laughter could be heard from early mornings until her bedtime!” said For You Haiti’s CEO and Founder, Alana Kaye.
The surgery was a success and Sara Rose made a full recovery! She is able to open and close her eyes and has a bright future ahead of her.
Life-changing surgeries like the one Sarah Rose received are out of reach for most Haitians. Every day, hundreds of Haitian children go without the necessary medical attention due to the lack of services available the cost of care. For you Haiti was grateful that they were able to step in and help Sara Rose before it was too late. For You Haiti has witnessed many medical miracles like this one and it is all made possible by donations from our compassionate and caring donors.