Once at SBH, doctors assessed Mamille’s condition and designed a treatment plan for her. She began receiving physical therapy twice per day to strengthen her limbs. She attended individual and group therapy sessions to help process her painful memories of the earthquake and her complex feelings about facing a new life as a person with a disability. She attended vocational training sessions to learn skills that would help her find employment. Soon, she began working for Build Health International and Haiti Projects, two organizations that operate out of Fond des Blancs. And two years ago when she became pregnant with her first child, Mamille was glad to be near the hospital so she could receive regular prenatal care and have a safe place to deliver her baby girl. Little Mylee Hadassa is the light of her life, and she is grateful for the independence and income-generating skills she gained through the Spinal Cord Injury program that enables her to support her family.
As the 10th anniversary of the earthquake approaches, Mamille’s feelings are mixed. The earthquake took so much from her and everyone she knows. She has endured unimaginable suffering, and it’s painful to remember the moments when she felt she could not make it one more day. But today, she is grateful for the independence she has gained, and how much her life has changed. “If I hadn’t found the Spinal Cord Injury program, I wouldn’t be here today,” she told us. “My doctors here really encouraged me. The program taught me how to work, to garden, to make things. I have been in a wheelchair for 10 years, but I am happy.”