Her husband was concerned, as they had never been to SBH before and the drive would take more than five hours. But Marie was adamant: she knew that once in Fond des Blancs, she would be given world-class care, no matter how complicated her situation or her ability to pay. There, she would finally meet her beautiful baby boy.
The journey was difficult for Marie, whose labor pains intensified each minute. Marie’s husband had alerted the hospital of their situation and that his wife’s condition was rapidly deteriorating. We rushed an ambulance to meet the couple on the road and deliver them quickly and safely up the long, rocky path to the hospital.
Hours after leaving their home in Port-au-Prince, Marie arrived in Fond des Blancs, and our surgical team rushed to perform an emergency C-section. Marie’s brand-new baby boy, whom she named Eud-Ryan, was immediately brought to the NICU, where he was stabilized. Marie then endured three more hours of surgery, as her traumatic labor caused bleeding and extensive damage to her uterus.
The next morning, after a very long night, Marie and Eud-Ryan finally met for the first time. After another week of rest and recovery, mother and son were ready to return home to Port-au Prince. Holding her newborn in her arms, Marie told us, “At most hospitals in Haiti, you are required to bring your patient files and pay a fee before you can be seen. Here, at St. Boniface, every patient is treated without exceptions. Without the care of St. Boniface, I am certain that both myself and my baby would have died. I am very grateful to be here.”