Remember Sonel? Sonel came to the clinic several years ago. His had severe club feet and needed surgery to be able to walk straight. At that time, we did not know of a place here in Haiti that could provide the surgery that he needed. But shortly after he left we came in contact with a wonderful organization that can do surgeries for these kids here in Haiti! That is such great news for other patients like Sonel.
Sonel’s parents had to make a big decision. Sonel needed surgery to be able to walk straight. It had to be such a difficult choice for them to make for him. They had to trust RHFH and MAT to find a host family and a doctor that they would never know to give their son the care that he needed. Trusting a foreigner to do this for your child is a big thing. Imagine your child being sick and having to send them to a different country to get their needed surgery and then pray, hope and belief that they surgery goes well. Then waiting hoping and praying that your child returns soon to you. What a hard thing for any parent to have to go through. Sonel’s mother is so excited that he was able to get surgery and that he can now walk normal. She has been waiting for him to come back to be with her. Sonel’s dad is a different story. He was never to interested in Sonel’s case. He even said at one point that Sonel could just stay in the USA. But his mother wanted him to return to her. She was so happy to see him and to see him walking like a normal child.
Sonel”s mother and RHFH are so thankful to his host family for all their time and love that they gave Sonel during his stay in the US. He will always remember them and know that they were a part of his journey to being able to walk on his two straight feet. We are also very thankful to Dr. DeHeer and all his care that was given to Sonel. His mother with be forever grateful for this life changing surgery.
Since Sonel was in the US for an extended period of time, his transition back to his family will take some time. He has to learn to speak Creole again and learn how to live with out the “normal” american things. It will be hard for him. We are praying that he does well and that he will be able to return to his mother’s house when they are both ready. We thank all that gave for Sonel’s medical visa cost and to all those that prayed for him during his extended stay in the US. God is good and we thank HIM for all that HE has done!