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General surgeries for the day

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Handing over her contact information Project Medishare’s Nurse Liaison Maguy Rochelin is pleased that she can make an appointment for Ambrose Widzar. In accordance with The Smile Train grant the doctors from the University of Miami will return to Port-au-Prince two more times this year to perform cleft surgeries. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Port-au-Prince, HAITI–While the patients scheduled today will be general surgeries, Project Medishare’s nurse liaison, Maguy Rochelin is scheduling cleft palate patients for another round of surgeries when the doctors return in June.

Motioning her to come closer a little girl hugged Maguy and gave her a kiss on the cheek before she and her mother left the clinic. Ambrose Judhly Widzar, 5, came today to see about her cleft palate being repaired. Three years ago Widzar traveled to from Port-au-Prince to Cap Haitian to have her cleft lip repaired. Ambrose’s mother was happy that he daughter would be able to have her surgery closer to home.
But not everyone is fortunate enough to live close to the surgical site in Port-au-Prince, many times more efficient travel is to take a tap-tap but even this modest transportation isn’t affordable to everyone.

Elise St. Pierre came with her parents today to see about repairing her cleft lip. They live in Degan near Carrefour. The family woke up at 1 a.m. to walk to Port-au-Prince to be here this morning after hearing about the surgical program on the radio a few days before. Since general surgeries are already scheduled for today.

Although the St. Pierre family will have to come back when doctors return for the second round of cleft surgeries, the family said they are thankful for The Smile Train who provided the grant which will allow their daughter to have surgery.