Widley Gilles lives on the Cayemites, a pair of islands located near the end of Haiti’s southern peninsula. He was playing outside when the earthquake struck—the ground violently shook and knocked over a nearby wall, pinning his left leg to the ground. Widley’s family rushed to remove him from the rubble and could tell his leg was badly injured. He needed urgent care, and they feared nobody would be there to help them.
Shortly after the disaster, a foreign rescue team came to the island to provide medical care for survivors. Widley’s mother, Syliva, says, “When they saw Widley, they told us they would not be able to care for him because his injuries were too serious. They put us on a boat, and then into an ambulance headed for St. Boniface Hospital.”