Prunier Toussaint made his living as a truck driver, making deliveries all across Haiti. It was a good life, until one day in 2014 he was outside working on his truck when suddenly the street erupted in gunfire. In the midst of a fight he had nothing to do with, Prunier was hit by a stray bullet.
Seriously injured, he was rushed to a major hospital in Port au Prince for emergency surgery. But after the surgery, Prunier still couldn’t walk. He returned home wondering how he would support himself and his four children. Prunier remembers that his condition seemed bleak and permanent. “I couldn’t…move my legs at all really. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to move on my own again outside of my wheelchair.”
In Port-au-Prince, relying on a wheelchair means being homebound. The narrow streets are rutted and nearly impossible to wheel over, and the intense speed and congestion of the traffic make it dangerous to cross streets.
Three years after his injury, having sought out care at several different clinics in Port au Prince with little improvement, Prunier learned about our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center.
Prunier’s care team at SBH was optimistic about his chances for improved mobility. After several months of intensive physical therapy, it was clear that he was a good candidate for leg braces to help with walking. Thanks to our partners at Fondation Tous Ensemble, a prosthetics clinic in Les Cayes, Prunier was able to get the braces he needed. He learned to walk again with training from our physical therapy team.