Yves Michel, à coeur ouvert

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Delmas-33 District, Haiti. November 12th, 2012 - The Michel family at home in their garden. Yves-Berthony Michel (left) with his father Bertrand and his two sisters Rotschilde-Berline, 8 and Ruthschelle-Berlie, 6. Yves, 17, was born with a congenital heart defect called « tetralogy of fallot ». One of the main symptoms of this disease is low oxygenation of blood, which has prevented Yves from leading a normal life, as the other boys from the same age. Fond of computer sciences and a fan of soccer, Yves was not able to go back to school when classes resumed in September because he was waiting to receive reparative heart surgery, which at his advanced age has become critical to his life.

Petionville, Haiti. December 09th, 2012 - First days of preoperative evaluation at St Lambert Clinic in Petionville. Yves-Berthony Michel is 17 years old, but he looks like he is 12. A french doctor listen his heart beat.

Petionville, Haiti. December 09th, 2012. First days of preoperative evaluation at the St Lambert Clinic in Petionville. Yves Michel, 17, puts his clothes back on after receiving an ultrasound scan and an electrocardiography (ECG). Haiti does not have the medical infrastructure needed to carry out reparative heart surgery. The Heart Fund offers an emergency solution to countries such as Haiti, to help save children born with congenital heart defects, by working with local medical infrastructure to set up temporary facilities capable of performing corrective heart surgery.

Petionville, Haiti. December 09th, 2012. First days of preoperative evaluation at St Lambert Clinic in Petionville. Bertrand Michel holds the medical records of his son Yves, 17, who was born with a heart congenital defect called « tetralogy of fallot ». Congenital heart defects are the first cause of birth defect related deaths in the world. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect.

Petionville, Haiti. December 09th, 2012. First days of preoperative evaluation at St Lambert Clinic in Petionville. Bertrand Michel holds the medical records of his son Yves, 17, who was born with a heart congenital defect called « tetralogy of fallot ». Congenital heart defects are the first cause of birth defect related deaths in the world. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect.

Clinic of St Lambert-Pétionville, Haiti. December 11th, 2012. The day before his operation Yves and his father Bertrand, sitting side by side, having shared their meal. Affected by a heart defect, the lack of oxygen in his blood, as a result of this malformation, prevents him from having a normal life. At his advanced age, this surgery is more than vital for Yves.

Pétionville, Haiti. December 09th, 2012. Clinic of St Lambert de Pétionville. The medical team, prepared the rooms in the intensive care unit that will accommodate children upon their exit from operations.

Petionville, Haiti. December 11th, 2012. Yves-Berthony Michel, 17, is having blood drawn for further tests at the St. Lambert Clinic, on the eve of his reparative heart surgery.

Clinique St Lambert-Pétionville, Haïti. December 12th, 2012. Intubation of Yves-Bertony Michel, a young boy of 17 years, during the phase of falling asleep.

St. Lambert Clinic, Petionville, Haiti. December 12th, 2012. Yves-Bertony Michel, 17, was born with a congenital heart defect called « tetralogy of fallot », which has prevented him from leading a normal life, as the other boys from the same age. The mark drawn on his sternum indicates where the incision will be made during open-heart surgery.

St. Lambert Clinic, Petionville, Haiti. December 12th, 2012. beginning of the heart surgery. The open-heart surgey will last about four hours. After incising and cracking the chest, the two surgeons Olivier Raisky et David Luu will perform reparative surgery. The heart will be stopped for 30 minutes during which a heart-lung machine will take over the functions of the heart. Once the repair is completed, the heart will be restarted.

St Lambert Clinic, Petionville, Haiti - December 12th, 2012. Bertrand Michel is reunited with his son Yves, a few hours after Yves’s open-heart surgery was completed.

Clinique St Lambert-Pétionville, Haïti. December 16th, 2012. Yves-Berthony Michel, under the benevolence of his father Bertrand, finally returned home after being operated from the heart.

Delmas-33 District, Haiti. December 16th, 2012. Yves-Berthony Michel back at home brings his legs up to his abdomen in order to facilitate oxygenation, a position very often taken by children suffering from congenital heart defects after an effort. Because Haiti lacks appropriate medical infrastructure, Yves had to go back home only three days after his open-heart surgery, which would have normally required a 10-day recovery period in a hospital. His journey home was also tiring as he had to travel by car on dirt roads for 40 kilometers.

Delmas-33 District, Haiti. December 16th, 2012. Yves-Berthony Michel back at home brings his legs up to his abdomen in order to facilitate oxygenation, a position very often taken by children suffering from congenital heart defects after an effort. Because Haiti lacks appropriate medical infrastructure, Yves had to go back home only three days after his open-heart surgery, which would have normally required a 10-day recovery period in a hospital. His journey home was also tiring as he had to travel by car on dirt roads for 40 kilometers.