When Gregory Adrien came to Grace Children’s Hospital in 1998, severely malnourished and crippled by Tuberculosis, it’s no wonder he quickly learned to regard the staff and other children at Grace as his family. Now, almost 20 years later, he has a family of his own.
Ronaldo was admitted to the hospital with a rapid heart condition and respiratory problems. Before coming to Grace, he was sick for two years, said his mother Marleiene. “I went to other hospitals, but we didn’t get any results.”
“When he first came to Grace, he couldn’t stand up or run,” his mother Augustine said. “But with care, he now has more strength.”
Now a year old, Antoine loves to play with the other children in the inpatient ward and emulates the games Legis and Reginald are playing. He adores being held and flying in the air like an airplane when he can convince someone to pick him up and spin. He’s got big, beautiful, curious eyes and loves to make friends.
It doesn’t take x-ray vision, super strength, or genius intellect to save lives in the real world. It doesn’t take flight either—in fact, you don’t even have to get out of your seat. If you’ve donated to International Child Care and Grace Children’s Hospital, we want you to know that to MarcKenley, and hundreds like him, you already are a superhero.
One-year-old Reginald was abandoned at Grace on June 29th, 2015. He was found in the hospital yard, crying and alone. He was severely malnourished. Reginald is one of approximately one-hundred thousand Haitian children under the age of five who suffers from acute malnutrition.
15-month old Dawina was brought to Grace by her mother Mackinda Ornelus on September 25, 2015. For months, Dawina suffered from a persistent and violent cough. "All day and all night she would cough," said her mother. "There was no relief." Mackinda wanted to seek care sooner, but didn't know how she would pay for medical care.