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Healing the Children

Haitian Child Returns Home

Portland Oregon - 13 year old Schneider Orius was born with a severe heart defect in a remote village in northern Haiti.  He had always wanted to play soccer, but in reality was only able to struggle slowly to school.  He came to Portland, Oregon to the Oregon/Western Washington Chapter of Healing the Children (HTC) on November 5th, 2009.  On November 30th, he had a complete repair of Tetralogy of Fallot and is now perfectly healthy and taking no medications.  He was scheduled to return to Haiti on Monday, January 18th, 2010 but his flight was rescheduled at the last minute for January 20th.  Since the earthquake on January 19th closed the airport, he has been awaiting new plans to go home.  His family and village are safe, but relatives from Port au Prince have overwhelmed the household, and money for food is running low.  Even so, Schneider and his family want him home.  On February 25th and 26th, two volunteers from HTC will fly to northern Haiti with Schneider.   Two nuns from Gros Morne will meet him and take him home.  From the end of the road, it is still a one hour brisk walk over a mountain to his village.  Coming here it took Schneider three hours, but going home will seem like flying for him.   And, he can join a late afternoon soccer game with his friends for the first time.

Our volunteers, Don and Barbara Van Nimwegen, will stay in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for two weeks to find hospitals needing and able to accept medical/surgical teams from Healing the Children in 2010.  We hope to send 10-20 teams throughout the rest of the year, and more beyond.  One of the hospitals they will visit in northern Haiti, Sacre Coeur in Milot, has just sent a child to the St. Louis Chapter of Healing the Children for orthopedic care.

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