Tabitha’s Story

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.”

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