As Claudia recovered from surgery, one of the doctors at Bernard Mevs told her about SBH’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Program. The only program of its kind in Haiti, the SCI Program provides patients with the holistic care they need to regain their independence, reintegrate into their communities, and lead productive lives.
Claudia agreed to try the SCI program, although she was doubtful that she could ever truly regain her mobility and lead the life she once had. Once in Fond des Blancs, however, the program quickly exceeded Claudia’s expectations.
“When I arrived at the SCI center, I couldn’t do anything myself,” Claudia said. ”I saw all of the resources, so I started to gain trust and confidence in St. Boniface Hospital. Because of the quality of care, I could get to my bed on my own in less than a week. I was so well received at SCI, and quickly started to receive physiotherapy and see all the opportunities [the program offered].”
In addition to physiotherapy, Claudia received psychosocial support to help her accept her injuries and look ahead to the future. She also learned how to use assistive devices, which helped her as she regained mobility in her legs. “I spent about four months in the center and then I [was able to come] home,” Claudia said. “There are so many things I would not be able to do if I did not come to SCI Program. Now I can walk alone without the walker.”