Doctors and Hospitals

I spent a few days around Jacmel and even though I knew it wouldn’t look the same as I remembered it I was shocked to see what was left of the Hospital St. Michel. There was one very tired looking doctor in a large tent with several patients – our eyes met for a second then he slowly looked around the room shaking his head – I couldn’t look at him again and left quickly. It was clear to me now why at our Hospital in Ridoré we couldn’t find another Hospital in Jacmel or Port au Prince that could take a very sick little boy. We were at the end of our mission and no one would be there to care for him and he would need a lot of attention. His father had carried him up the steep mountains to our Hospital and by the time they arrived the boy was almost gone – he had typhoid fever. Doctors Roger and Ritha Belizaire, father and daughter surgeons rushed him into surgery repairing the damage. Dr. René finally found a children’s Hospital in Port Au Prince and made arrangements with a charter to fly him there. We all hope to see him in November on our next mission.

at the front gate

what's left of St. Michel's Hospital

tents are now used as the hospital/clinic

Father and Son two days after surgery

Belizaire Surgeons-father and daughter, Roger and Ritha with their patient


About Jeane La Rance

My brother gave me my first camera when I was nine or ten years of age, he bought it in Europe. I don't remember much about the camera itself it was the pictures I couldn't get enough of, and that still holds true. My life is all about photography. In the beginning it was black and white film. I loved being in the darkroom nothing could compare to it and even though I swore I'd never go digital, I rarely shoot film anymore. I went to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM for my Bachelors Degree. There I studied Documentary Photography, Cinematography and Post Production Editing. Later I attended Savannah College of Art and Design for a Masters Degree in the same fields of study, Photography and Moving Images.
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