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Stories from the surgical room: Bianca

  |   Pediatric Neurosurgery, Uncategorized

By Jennifer Browning

PORT-AU-PRINCE–Hermance Fenelon’s favorite thing about her daughter Bianca is her smile.

bianca02.jpg“She is an interesting child,” Hermance said. “She rarely cries and she is always smiling, making faces….she likes to blow kisses…”

A year ago, early one morning, Hermance walked outside her house and found a two-month-old Bianca. The baby’s mother had left her behind possibly in hopes that someone else would care for her. Hermance, whose own two children are already grown adults, took Bianca to social services and began to fill out the paperwork for adoption and named the child.

Two months after adopting Bianca, Hermance began to notice the infant’s head was unusually large, so she took the baby to the doctor. Bianca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus.

Hermance took Bianca to meet with Miami Children’s Medical Hospital’s Neurological team when they came to Port-au-Prince to do an assessment in September. Bianca was selected as a candidate for surgery.

Hermance thinks the surgery will help Bianca grow up to be a healthy child. She says she hopes since she is taking care of Bianca, that her child will return the favor and take care of someone else who needs help one day.

While in the operating room, Bianca didn’t hold back her charm.

“She was blowing us kisses right before she fell asleep,” surgical nurse Lisa Kornse said. “She made our day.”

The nurses brought Bianca to the recovery room, as she woke up, her lips began to pucker in an effort to blow her well-known kisses.

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Hermance comforts her adopted child, Bianca, after she returned to the recovery room after her ETV procedure. Because Bianca’s hydrocephalus was detected early, she has a chance to live a productive life. Photo by Jennifer Browning.