Bundled in blankets, Marie Celestine rests after her Ventricular Petroneal surgery. Marie was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus immediately after birth. Photo by Jennifer Browning.
By Jennifer Browning
PORT-AU-PRINCE–Hours before the surgical team would return, Marie Nesline Neika Celestine was born Saturday at 2 a.m. at Hopital Universitaire de la Paix. It was evident she had hydrocephalus.
This morning Marie had surgery where the surgeons performed a Ventricular Peritoneal. Different from Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV), in this procedure a shunt is placed to reduce the amount of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain by draining it into the abdominal area.
Project Medishare’s Nurse Liason, Maguy Rochelin, said the baby has a better chance for a normal life since the condition was diagnosed at birth.
“That baby was so lucky to be born here on that day,” she said. “We were there at the right time. When I spoke to Dr. Ragheb, he said the earlier we take charge of the situation the better off it is for the child.”