Albertiny, now 10 years old, had his left arm broken in the earthquake of August 14, 2021. His mother, Roseterline, traveled with him for hours to reach St. Boniface Hospital. She explains, “As a mother, it hurt me that my child’s arm was hurt. Whenever he was crying, I was crying too.”
At SBH, orthopedic surgeons operated on Albertiny’s arm, inserting a metal fixation device to hold the bones in place while they healed. Later, Albertiny returned to the hospital to have the device removed. “When they removed the metal, I was finally able to extend my arm,” he says.
Albertiny has regained almost the full range of motion in his arm, compared to when he was first injured and could barely move it at all. He has been able to return to his usual activities, playing cars with his friends in the neighborhood and attending school.