Today Ellen Roets has shared her experience of Day 3 at St Damien, with a triple surprise for one lucky mother:
“Today was again an astonishing day in every way it possibly could be.
Morning started with the Mass of father Rick, held in the hospital church, and burying again 4 adults and a child. Start of another day in Haiti. Singing ‘Noye noye, mwen pral bay nouvel la’ (bring us the novel), people are saying goodbye to their beloved ones – a captivating image.
We began the third day of ultrasound experience with a lecture on optimising the use of the ultrasound machine (Gitte Stoerup), a lecture on metastatic disease in gynaecologic malignancy (Dr Lisbet Hanson) and wíth finishing ‘the renal story’ by myself.
Some ultrasonographic cases made the course attendants reflect about pathology and gave a forum to Dr Fouron to share his knowledge on transposition of the great arteries, greatly appreciated by all!
But we were all eager to start with the hands-on training.
One of the cases was a triplet pregnancy, consulting for the first time at 30 weeks of gestation. Bettina Hollwitz took this challenge under the eye of about ten Haitian ultrasonographers… to conclude that the weights of the three foetuses were about the same and the Doppler indices were normal. However, a shortened cervix urged an admission at the obstetric high care unit of St Damien.
We were having lunch atthe restaurant Fransisville, which we already know by now and highly appreciate for its Haitian cuisine.
A short afternoon (due to the very late lunch because no one wanted to stop scanning…) was filled with a visit to the maternity ward. Gitte had brought a lot of knitted caps for the curly heads of the newborns as they use to do in Denmark. (In fact, we use caps in Belgium too, but those are stockings for underneath plaster application who got a second life at the maternity…) All women were very excited about this and for now, newborn babies in Tabarre have the cutest capped little heads on this island!
Enrico closed the day with a lecture on doppler monitoring in case of intra-uterine growth restriction.
Back home at Villa Francesca, the guesthouse of the Rava foundation, Enrico followed the good tradition of preparing us a delicious Italian dish ! We were spoiled with pasta Norma, heavenly penne with tomatoes, basilic and eggplant.
Again a pretty exhausting but very rewarding day came to its end…
I realize now we only have two days left to finish the course and to try to share everything we still want to share with these wonderful people. It is amazing to see how eager they are to learn and to gain experience, to feel their enthusiasm, to laugh together with them and at the same time have a philosophical talk with them about their country and their future.
These are people willing to improve the health care and life standard in their country and my colleagues and I want very much to continue to help and support them as much as we can.”