Diesel had been sick with stomach pains for days. His mother, Simone, thought it would pass—but each day the pain became worse. One evening while Simone was tending to her son, she saw his eyes turn yellow, and he began to shake. Her stomach dropped, fearing for her youngest child, her only son.
Simone quickly took Diesel to their local clinic near their home in Paillant, a small village near the coast on the southern peninsula. Doctors there could not treat him and told the pair to go to St. Thérèse Hospital in Mirogoane. Simone hired a moto to take her and her son on the 20-minute ride to the hospital. But once there, the pair was turned away yet again. Another 40-minute moto ride brought them to a hospital in Petit Goave. Once more, the hospital did not have the staff or resources to treat Diesel’s illness. The doctors told Simone and Diesel to seek care in Port-au-Prince instead. It took another three hours to the capital, and Simone was optimistic she would finally find help for her son’s pains. But once in Port-au-Prince, the cost of care was too high. Simone’s heart was broken. She had found help for Diesel, but she simply could not afford it.