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Fanel recuperating after leg surgeryUsing a cane, a young man named Fanel managed to limp and hop into the clinic on April 27. He was 21, displaced from Port-au-Prince by the earthquake. Although otherwise healthy and strong, Fanel had suffered multiple fractures of the right leg 8 months earlier. The fractures had healed poorly.

In an auto accident in August 2009, Fanel had sustained a compound fracture of the right femur (bone sticking through the skin) and fractures of the right tibia and fibula. After the accident, he had been hospitalized in Port-au-Prince. But he could not afford the surgery needed for proper bone alignment and healing.

While Fanel was hospitalized, his father worked hard to raise the money necessary for his surgery. Then, on January 12, the earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people—including Fanel's father. The hospital itself was damaged by the earthquake, and Fanel was discharged, with a painful right femur healing out of alignment, though the skin was closed. He found a way to get to La Colline.

On April 27, we noted Fanel's severely curved right lower leg: it was shaped like a boomerang. It also was about 3 to 5 inches shorter than the left leg. The entire right leg was tender from the healing thigh fracture, through the knee area, and down to the foot. Fortunately, although the skin was depressed over the thigh, the wound was closed and apparently not infected. He alternately hopped and limped badly with a cane.

After consultation with Dr. Thony, we arranged for Fanel to be seen in Les Cayes. Dr. Thony learned that an operation to re-break the bones and set them properly would cost $1,050. Using a special medical fund from an anonymous donor, UPLIFT Haiti was able to fund the surgery, performed in May at the hospital in Bonne Fin.

In June Dr. Thony reported that the surgery was successful and Fanel is healing. We believe that he has a good chance at walking and working again—he is, after all, now the sole support of two young brothers.


UPLIFT Haiti, a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, organizes teams of volunteers to travel to Haiti to work with local communities in accomplishing sustainable projects for improving health, education, employment, and the local economy and infrastructure.

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