Hurricane Sandy dumped more than thirty inches of rain in the mountain areas of Haiti. The deforested mountains could not hold the water, causing massive flooding along the rivers. Most of these rivers are dry, except when there is heavy rains. These rivers sometimes change course, flooding homes and business. Where the river curves, it eats away at the bank, causing houses along the river to fall into the river. Since the outbreak of cholera in the fall of 2010, rainy seasons bring with it increased cholera. This month was no exception. Most of the NGOs treating cholera have closed down their cholera treatment centers. Thanks to many of you, we have been able to keep ours open. Many of our patients come from the mountains south of Fond Parisien. Take Devensky's family for example. On Saturday, two of Devensky's relatives got sick with cholera. After carrying them two hours walk up a mountain, they got a motorcycle and drove 30 minutes to Oriani where there used to be a cholera treatment center. Unfortunately this center is closed. So they got back on the motorcycle and drove an hour to Fond Verrettes, where there is clinic that had been starting cholera treatment, and then sending patients down to us. Again, this clinic is closed. So they got back on the motorcycle to head down to our cholera center (still an hour drive away). In Soliette, they had to wade through knee deep water that was rushing very fast. The was so much water rushing so fast that the big trucks have not been able to cross for weeks. So it was after all this trouble that Devenksy's family members arrived at our cholera treatment center (CTC). On Sunday morning, Devensky, who was already very malnourished, got sick with cholera. They headed through all the miserable trek again to bring Devensky to our CTC. But we do not have the facilities or personnel to treat severely malnourished children with cholera (it is very complicated). We needed to take him in to a larger hospital, but there was no family member that could go with him. His aunt was looking after the other two patients, and refused go with Devensky to the hospital. The two friends that brought Devensky to our CTC snuck off, refusing to go with him to the hospital. We gave Devensky the best care that we could until we found a malnutrition center that would take him without a family member. Saturday, Shea and I plan to visit the area where Devensky came from. Please pray for Devensky, and his future. Please pray God would provide the finances for us to be able to keep the cholera center open.
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