“I had never been to a hospital before. I went in a helicopter and we landed in a field. An ambulance brought me to the hospital. As soon as I arrived, they took X-rays and saw my leg was badly broken. I thought I was going to lose my leg but I realized they had put a rod into it.”
The very same day Wilson arrived at SBH, an orthopedic surgery team inserted a fixation device into his left thigh. That device kept his fractured femur stabilized and aligned as the bone healed.
But it wasn’t only the surgical specialists that made SBH stand out to Wilson. “From the moment I got here, the nurses started taking care of me. When I was in the other [health facilities], they didn’t do that for me,” he says.
Three months after the initial surgery, Wilson returned to SBH to have the fixation device removed from his leg.
By then, a full orthopedic surgery program had been established at the hospital, directed by Dr. Schiller Alexandre. The program includes an outpatient clinic, an operating room reserved for non-urgent orthopedic surgeries one day per week, and orthopedic surgeons available to respond to emergencies at any time. Orthopedic patients can also receive physical therapy through our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, established in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Dr. Alexandre performed Wilson’s surgery himself.
Back home in Beaumont, Wilson is able to do everything he was doing before the earthquake. He declares, “If I had gone [elsewhere] for surgery, I wouldn’t be here today.”