Fourteen-year-old Frenel had a fever that wouldn’t break. At a hospital near their home in Grand Goave, doctors told his mother, Roseline, that Frenel had a problem with his stomach that required surgery. They should go to SBH, the doctor said.
On the long road to Fond des Blancs, Frenel lost consciousness. By the time he got to our doors, he was already in a coma. Our Emergency Care Team immediately went to work assessing his condition and found that Frenel didn’t have a stomach problem at all. He had cerebral malaria, a severe and deadly complication of the infection that blocks blood vessels to the brain. Even those who receive care and survive can suffer lifelong difficulties, such as speech difficulties, deafness, blindness, and difficulty moving. Unfortunately, these complex complications are typical in children like Frenel.