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Colon Surgery for Philome in Haiti

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Philome is 3 years old and lives in Haiti in Don Don. He a happy, playful little boy, but he was born without an anal opening (imperforated anus) and had emergency surgery as a newborn infant to create an opening on his side (stoma) to give waste some place to go. 

I first met Philome in February 2016 during a trip to Cap Haitian. Philome's pastor had heard we had helped a little girl name Monica with the same condition and introduced us to Philome and his family.

Getting medical care in Haiti can be extremely difficult. It takes people with resources advocating for you to even get an appointment. We have people in the USA and on the ground in Haiti advocating for Philome and Edson. They traveled all night from Cap Haitian to Port-a-Prince for their first appointment with the doctor on Aug. 8, 2016. When they got to the hospital, the guards would not allowed them inside. With several people advocating for them they did finally get inside, but did not get seen. They did get papers to come back for an appointment on Aug. 17, 2016. We have experience with this hospital and it is an excellent facility, but unfortunately Philome and Edson's exerpience is not unusal. Now that they have papers we expect them to have less trouble next time. The trip from Don Don to Cap Haitian to Port-a-Prince is an all day trip. It's a long way, but they have to go to Port-a-Prince to get the care the need. So they travel. It's Haiti!

Please help. Every donation makes a difference. Donations are going to The Haitian Community of MN who will get the funds to Haiti for transportation, food, and medical expenses for Philome and Edson. The Haitian Community of MN is a public charity in MN and donations are eligible for tax deduction. (Consult your tax advisor.)

This will be a long difficult endevour, but worth the effort to give little Philome a normal future and the ability to finally go potty like a big boy!

Photos: Philome showing him stoma. Mr. and Mrs. Darceny, Philome, Rose Gbadamassi, Pastor Phillip.


Rose Gbadamassi
Minneapolis, MN

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