Tika arrived at SBH in February after suffering from a bad stomach ache for over a week. As with many children who lack access to healthcare, Tika, age 10, had already been through a lot. Just getting from her home to the hospital was a huge challenge—the 25 mile trip takes almost two hours, and the rutted, washed-out roads make for a bone-jarring journey that is difficult for healthy people and agonizing for those already in pain.
And Tika was already very sick. She was diagnosed with Typhoid Perforation, a common complication of the Typhoid Fever that still ravages many communities that lack access to routine vaccines. Advanced Typhoid causes holes in the intestines, and patients—most commonly children—suffer terrible pain and can quickly become malnourished because they cannot properly digest their food and get the necessary nutrients from it.
Thankfully, Tika came to the only hospital in southern Haiti that can offer a wide range of life-saving surgeries at no cost to patients, thanks to your support. Our surgical team quickly scheduled her for minimally invasive surgery to heal the damage to her intestines. SBH is the only place she could have this kind of laparoscopic surgery, due to our highly trained Haitian surgical team and equipment maintained by our nationally-renowned Biomedical Engineering Technicians.
In most cases, patients who undergo these surgeries are feeling much better within a few days or weeks. But Tika continued to get sicker, even after her surgery. She was wasting, getting thinner and thinner. Despite excellent post-operative care, Tika spiked a fever and developed an infection in her surgical site, which was quickly treated with a heavy rotation of antibiotics.