Ailing Pregnant Woman Aided by Haiti Med Team

Along the remote southern coast of Haiti, a pregnant woman needed rapid medical care.  Her blood pressure was too high.  This was an emergency situation and she needed to get to a hospital as soon as possible.  Fortunately, one of our Haitian Medical Teams was in the right place at the right time to help.

Woman in Boat

On the beach in Belle Anse, Haiti, a woman is helped into a life-preserver as she prepares to travel by boat to a hospital in Jacmel due to complications with her pregnancy.

 

This happened on the day one of our medical teams held clinic in Corail Lamothe, a small village a few miles inland from Haiti’s Caribbean coast.  Our medical teams in Haiti hold clinic days on a rotating basis in 16 locations throughout the island nation and Corail Lamothe is one of these spots.  It’s remote and lacking in any basic services.

Our team this day consisted of two doctors and two nurses – Drs. Jackenson Davilmar and Kethia Lamour, and nurses Ludnie Janvier and Nathalie Pierre.  Haitians all, they provide direct patient care along with our other Haitian Medical Teams to a population of approximately a quarter-million people in the remote and rugged mountains of southeast Haiti.

 

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys.  Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious, even fatal, complications for both the mother and the baby  – Mayo Clinic

 

When the pregnant woman arrived at the clinic, she was full-term, and just about ready to deliver her baby. Our team knew she was in trouble.  She had very high blood pressure.  A pregnancy disorder called Preeclampsia, without quick treatment, can have dire results for both the mother and child.  She needed more care than our team could provide on the spot, she needed to get to a hospital and she needed to get to one quickly.  The problem – how to get her there?

 

Corail Lamothe pin

This satellite image shows Corail Lamothe and Belle Anse on Haiti’s southern coast. The city of Jacmel, the location of the nearest hospital, is a distance of about 30 miles by sea.

 

The quickest and simplest way to get her to a hospital would be by boat.  The rock-strewn roads in this remote area of Haiti are difficult to drive, to say the least, and taking the woman by vehicle could have taken hours and would have been terribly uncomfortable.

 

One of our Haitian Medical Teams once helped to deliver a baby on the side of a road

Our team loaded the woman into a vehicle and arranged for a boat to meet them on the beach in the town of Belle Anse, about a 40 minute drive from the clinic site.  Splitting the cost with the Corail Lamothe Federation, a local community group, we hired a boat and driver to serve as a waterborne ambulance, and accompanied by another nurse, the ailing mother made the roughly 30-mile trip by sea to reach the city of Jacmel and the new Hospital Saint-Michel.

 

Newborn Mother of baby

 

As the photos show – once she reached the hospital the woman gave birth to healthy baby. At last report both are doing well.  If it hadn’t been for the quick action by our team, the results may have turned out poorly for both mother and child.

 

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Haiti Medical Team Delivers Baby on the Side of a Road

IT’S A GIRL!

One of Heart to Heart International’s Haitian Medical Teams helped a woman deliver a baby girl this week alongside a rural road in southeast Haiti.

Dr. Kethia Lamour delivers a petite fille – a little girl!

Here’s how it happened:  Our Southeast Medical Team, along with some volunteer nurses from Pennsylvania, was working in our clinic in Cascade Pichon –  a small, remote village found at the end of a road beneath towering mountains.  Word came that a pregnant woman was just up the road and about to deliver.  The mother-to-be had been walking to the Heart to Heart Clinic seeking help at the only medical facility in the region – but the baby was ready to come. Now.

Baby on the way!

Baby on the way!

Our team rushed up the road, and while family and other neighbors gathered around, helped the woman deliver a healthy petite fille, a little girl, right then and there.

Swaddling the brand new babe...

Swaddling the brand new babe…

All went well, and mother and child went to the clinic to rest and get cleaned up.  It’s a good thing our folks were there as complications can always arise, especially in such a remote area.  Great job by our Haitian Medical Team and by our volunteers!

The proud volunteer nurse!

Dana, the proud volunteer nurse!

These are the Heart to Heart staff & volunteers who helped deliver the baby girl in Cascade Pichon:

HHI’s Haitian Med Team – Southeast
Dr. Kethia Lamour
Nurse Elisabeth Lindor
Nurse Nathalie Pierre
Rodney Numa

HHI Volunteers
Nurse Dana Darnell – Downingtown, PA
Nurse Dianne Finnegan – Allentown, PA

HHI’s Haitian Medical Teams

HHI has three med teams comprised of Haitian medical professionals, who travel on a weekly circuit to all of our 14 clinics in the country.  The teams are made up of a doctor, a nurse, another nurse or a pharmacist, and a clinic/team coordinator.  While they work on a rotation, HHI brings in volunteers from the US and other countries to augment the team.  We’re always recruiting medical volunteers to work with us in Haiti.  Join us!