The 52nd Medical mission has come to an end, and both teams have gone back home. Being part of this medical mission is such an amazing experience that sometimes when it comes to writing for the blog I’m at a loss for words. Each mission is unique; nothing happens the same way twice.

I found myself very emotional at times around the Hospital St. Joseph. The first week Dr. Cliff Youngblood and Dr. René delivered a healthy baby girl by cesarean. The second week Dr. René delivered a beautiful healthy baby boy by cesarean, assisted by Dr. Susan Jeanfreau. I was in tears at the beauty of the life-saving events — watching the new life catch his first breath and trying to open his eyes for the very first time. If the doctors had not been there both mothers and babies would have died. Before Dr. René started the medical missions to our village, in 1986, the death rate during birth was extremely high. Now, after many years, the hospital is equipped to do this life-saving surgery.

If I live to be 100 years old there will never be anything that will compare to my working with this team of doctors and nurses at the Hospital St. Joseph’s in Ridoré.

As their photographer I am everywhere, the fly on the wall as they say, and I still feel as though I don’t cover enough of their work. Not only do I get to see life begin, I get to watch as people have their eye-sight restored — tumors removed — people of all ages given a new healthy start — if I didn’t believe in miracles before, I do now.

This was the first mission for both Drs. Youngblood and Jeanfreau, and it was great watching them doing what they do best.

Another first timer was Steve Sotile a Radiologist from Baton Rouge, La. He worked with Mike Beauford on ultrasound. Steve is the first Radiologist to join AHDH.

Doctors, Nurses and volunteers, you may capture all the images you want but please

    credit me for the photography.

The following images are in no particular order.


Groups 1 & 2 at the Cap


Day 1


checking the power


people wait long hours


Dentist at work


Pediatrician Dr. Youngblood


Dr. Youngblood, OB/GYN checks the equipment


Nurse Yanique examines a patient


Mike introduces Steve to his Ultrasound machine


Mike and Steve with a patient


Mike shows concern with his patient


Dr. Michaels with med students

a new pair of shades


Dr. René and Steve Sotile checking the X-Rays


Steve Sotile check the X-Ray again


Dr. Andre Amy takes care of a mans leg after being bitten by a dog


Drs. René and Sotile


Dr. Belizaire, the woman who does evrything!


Dr. René and Dr. Jeanfreau preparing their patient for a c-section birth


Dr. Jeanfreau comforts the patient before surgery


Dr. Jeanfreau steadies the patient for Dr. Adrien-Lafotant to administer the epidural


Dr. Marie Lydie Adrien-Lafontant Anesthesiologist


It's a boy


Baby boy


Dr. Nicole does charting outdoors in the fresh air with her patients


Dr. Desir and Nurse Yanny watch as Mike Beauford helps Dr. Belizaire examine a patient with Ultrasound




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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2 Responses to

  1. Amelia Belizaire says:

    As usual the photos are beautiful. While I may take credit for doing anything I can for AHDH and our missions, I must admit, I am the only member of my immediate family who is not a doctor of some kind!! Keep up the beautiful work!! I look forward to future installments.

  2. Staci netterville says:

    I love what you guys are doing for these people. Mr mike beauford is one of my ultrasound instructors as we speak. Once i finish school in dec 2011 (4 short months away) & get a job & get stable i want to join you guys for about a week when yall go in june 2012!!! I have always wanted to be part of a medical mission team!! I cant wait for the life touching event! : )

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