Morine’s baby boy, Derné, had appendicitis—an extremely painful but common condition that is easily treated with surgery. That is, it’s easily treated if the patient receives surgery quickly. If not, the appendix can burst and spread a potentially deadly infection throughout the body.
Morine had already brought her son to three different hospitals and had been turned away each time. She was worried that Derné was running out of time.
Derné became ill during a period of intense civil unrest in Haiti. Even when things are calm, many Haitian healthcare facilities don’t have adequate supplies to provide even basic care to patients. Even fewer facilities have the capacity to provide surgery, which Derné desperately needed. With the unrest, many of these healthcare facilities faced even greater supply shortages—and many had to close down completely.