Tabitha’s mother was told that nothing was wrong with her child. But a mother’s instinct knew better; she continued to seek help and information about Tabitha’s condition. “I cried a lot,” she said. “I was trying my best to cope with a sick baby while local doctors continued to tell me nothing was wrong with her.”
Tabitha and her mother finally received reassurance when they traveled from Dominica to be seen by the IHC mission team in St. Vincent. IHC volunteer pediatric surgeons provided Tabitha’s mother with information, explanations and support.
Tabitha was, indeed, sick. She was suffering from a congenital bowel defect called Hirschsprung Disease that can cause infection, bursting of the colon, and even death. The mission team performed a laparoscopic surgical procedure and repaired the defect.
“The IHC team was professional, kind and caring,” said Tabitha’s mother. “I finally have peace of mind.”