Out of control diabetes can lead to circulation issues in the feet and legs, and Chilaire’s feet started showing signs of damage. “My feet were not good to see, and one hospital I went to talk about amputating my leg.” He could not go through with the surgery, and so in June 2017, he decided to go home to Cote de Fer, where his family is. “Just in case I died…” he explains, “it seemed better to be with family.”
Neighbors in Cote de Fer told him about SBH, an hour away in Fond des Blancs, and the good care many of them had received there for little or no cost. His family brought him to our doors, where he was immediately admitted and assessed. His blood sugar levels were extremely high, and his feet were showing severe signs of diabetic damage, but our staff decided to wait and see if they could get his diabetes under control before resorting to amputation.
Three months later, Chilaire’s diabetes is finally under control. He has been receiving inpatient treatment at SBH, and his feet have improved to the point where everyone is hopeful he will not need an amputation. With good ongoing adherence to medications and treatment, Chilaire should be able to return to normal life. He smiles, “I’m getting better, and I feel more confident about my future. I thank St. Boniface for renewing my hope.” Of course, getting access to diabetes treatment in Haiti is difficult, as Chilaire has experienced first-hand, but if he stays in the Fond des Blancs area he can always come to St. Boniface Hospital for his medications and check-ups.