St. Boniface has always been driven to provide the best care to our patients, despite the challenges of working in rural Haiti. For years we welcomed teams of visiting volunteer doctors who provided much-needed surgical care to our patients. But we knew that this model was not providing enough access to surgical care to meet the demand in our community. Something more permanent was needed.
Lociania, a sixty-year old woman living in Fond-des-Blancs, is one patient who waited with eager anticipation for Dr. Ward’s arrival. She had been first diagnosed with a tumor in her breast in August. “I didn’t have enough money to go to Port-au-Prince [for treatment], and no where to stay when I would be there. I waited, and I heard people talking about a surgeon coming to St. Boniface, so I was hoping he could do something for me…. I was depressed about my situation, and almost felt hopeless before I heard there would be a surgeon coming to Fond-des-Blancs.”
Lociania had a mastectomy this fall to treat her breast cancer. She is home recovering now, and is hopeful she will not need further treatments. Lociania is so grateful for the opportunity to receive care in her home community. “St. Boniface is the only hospital I’ve been to…. It is my hospital.”
A Future Home for Surgery at St. Boniface
Dr. Ward knows that the key to saving lives through surgery is being able to provide local access to quality care. By increasing the capacity of St. Boniface’s surgical program, SBHF’s supporters are on the path to helping us do just that. As Lociania says, “I wouldn’t have imagined being able to get this type of service or this quality service here so soon. It was through the grace of God… This is a big miracle happening in Fond-des-Blancs.”