“After spending months searching for help for my boy I was very depressed and started to cry because I felt like there was nothing I could do to help him.” None of the hospitals they had visited could help Renelson, and at this point, the boy had been taking in nothing but water and thin broth for three months. He was weak and thin, and so tired.
Then his throat closed so much he could barely swallow water.
“I brought my boy with me to church that Sunday. I was crying during the service, wondering what to do. Then, at the end of the service a man came up to me, and we started talking about Renelson and his troubles. This man told me about a hospital called St. Boniface, in the South. He said we might be able to find help there.
The next morning, Monday, Renette, and Renelson made their way to Fond des Blancs. Renelson had barely ingested anything for over a week. He was dehydrated, and his condition was becoming critical.
As soon as they arrived Renelson was rushed to our new emergency department. “I was so impressed to see how the staff at St. Boniface Hospital took care of my boy right away,” Renette says. “From that moment on I felt comfortable, knowing that my boy would be healed.” The difference from her experiences at the other hospitals they had been to was striking, and life-changing for Renelson, who was finally getting the care he desperately needed.
Our surgical team, led by Dr. Luther Ward, quickly got involved in Renelson’s case. “X-rays showed that nothing was passing down Renelson’s esophagus past his mid-chest, and was not able to get into his digestive system,” Dr. Ward explains. “This had been the case for nine days, so he had a fairly emergent situation.”