By Jennifer Browning
Two years ago, Michael Odelis, 3, couldn’t hold his head up because his hydrocephalus made it too heavy.
In April 2008 Dr. John Ragheb’s pediatric neurosurgical team performed an ETV surgery on Michael at Hopital Universitaire de la Paix. And today, while he can’t walk without assistance, Michael holds his head up high and giggles at his mother as she speaks to him.
Mary-Maude, his mother, is very happy with Michael’s progress so far.
“This is a good program and I am so thankful that doctors could help my son,” she said.
She is here today for Michael’s follow-up and to inquire about physical therapy for him so that he can begin to learn to walk.
A few months after Micheal was born, Mary-Maude noticed that her son’s head was getting larger. Doctors in Jacmel told her she needed to go Port-au-Prince to get an opinion. She saw a doctor at St. Vincent in downtown Port-au-Prince who referred her to Maguy Rochelin, Project Medishare’s nurse liaison who arranged for Michael’s assessment and surgery.
Doctors have recommended that Michael obtain another CT Scan so they can see how the little boy’s brain is developing two year’s after surgery.
A pediatric neurosurgical team from Washington University School of Medicine led by Dr. Keith Rich is working here at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Over the next three days, the team is planning to provide surgeries to 21 children, but the time also provides an opportunity for follow-up on children who have received surgeries in the past.