In September 2019, six-year-old Marvens was suddenly struck by a stray bullet as he played outside with his twin brother, Mervens. The boys lived with their aunt Thersula and their extended family in Les Cayes, a city near the end of Haiti’s southern peninsula. Thersula rushed Marvens to Port-au-Prince to try and find care, a journey that took five hours. Over the next month, Marvens received two surgeries—one at Hospital Bernard Mevs, and one in Cuba.
Ultimately, Marvens was diagnosed with paraplegia—paralysis of the legs and lower body. Thersula and her family were referred to SBH so Marvens could receive rehabilitative care through our spinal cord injury (SCI) program.