Project Medishare | Stories from the surgical room: Prince
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Stories from the surgical room: Prince

  |   Pediatric Neurosurgery, Uncategorized


Renaud Elysee kisses her son Prince a few hours before he went into surgery. Eight-month-old Prince was diagnosed with hydrocephalus four months ago.  Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

PORT-AU-PRINCE–Eight-month-old Prince began having seizures three months ago so his mother took him to the doctor. He was examined and his mother was told that he was fine. A month later his mother started noticing that his head seemed to be a bit larger than his body. Prince was taken back to see the doctor and he was eventually diagnosed with hydrocephalus.

Prince’s father said that money wasn’t the reason his son’s condition wasn’t treated right away. The issue was a getting a visa to send Prince to the United States for Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery. While there are neurological surgeons in Haiti, none of them perform ETV, mainly due to lack of funding in the country so in order to have the procedure performed parents have to take their children out of the country.

Thanks to the partnership here between Healing Hands, Haiti’s Ministry of Health, and Project Medishare, Prince had his surgery today.

“I feel relieved that [the surgery] is over,” the Renaud Elysee, the child’s mother said. “Now that my son is out of surgery, I feel a load has been lifted.”

Prince cried most of the morning because he was hungry due to the food restrictions required for surgery. His surgery was successful, but it wasn’t until he was able to eat that Prince settled down and stopped crying.

“He’s feeling better now that he has eaten,” she said.