Colon Surgery for Philome in Haiti

$1,375 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 28 months
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.
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Philome has had some ups and downs in the last couple months. He has been going back and forth to the hospital for dilation therapy. To do the final surgery he must be at a dilation of 50, but he was not able to get there. An additional surgery was scheduled to revise the previous reconstruction – his sixth surgery so far. He is still his sweet, chipper toddler self!

Philome and his mom are staying with friends near Port-a-Prince while he goes back and forth to the hospital for dilation. His mom and I talk on the phone often about his progress. I’m very proud of her. She remains so strong and never gets discouraged. Sometimes Philome gets on the phone and talks and talks and talks. He really is a sweet little man, and he has not forgotten his request for a bicycle when this done.

He has healed from the revision surgery. He had a checkup today. He is dilating much better now and should be going back to surgery soon.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for Philome and his family. Your generosity is helping a sweet little boy. His case has been more complicated and expensive than we expected, but we will continue to stand alongside Philome and his family until he can go like a big boy and ride that bicycle!
Philome is proud of his big boy shoes
Philome and his mom
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A heartfelt thanks to everyone who is helping Philome. I just returned from Haiti to see Philome. I'm glad to let you know that everything went well with the most recent surgery. Philome's rectum has been reconstructed. He still has his stoma while he heals. The nurses at the hospital have become very close to Philome, but he finally went home, on his birthday! He will recovery at home and make regular visits back to Port-a-Prince for dilation and to check for infection. As part of his recovery he is getting a nutritional drink (ensure) to help him recover. He will go back in two months to have his stoma closed and have his colon reconnected. Hopefully, his final surgery!
There were lots of kids dying while I was in Haiti, but God protected Philome with all the surgery and Dr. Lousima, the wonderful surgeon. Philome really believes in God and appreciates what you all have done for him.
Please continue to help. There are many more children like Philome who need your prayers and support.
Philome and mom boarding bus for home
Philome at home saying his prayers
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Philome has had his second surgery to create the anal opening. He was able to go potty for the first time EVER!! Philome still needs to heal. Please everyone share Philome's story so we can continue to cover his medical expenses.
latest photo of Philome
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Philome is back at the hospital. He had his first surgery last week to relocate his stoma. His next surgery is schedule for 12/1 to reconstruct his digestive tract. After reconstruction Philome will go home to heal. Once he digestive tract is healed he will come back to have the colon reconnected and the stoma closed.
That's a lot for a little guy! Can you please join in to help Philome and his future?

Our haitian staff visits Philome
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$1,375 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 28 months
Created August 9, 2016
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