St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Haiti Twinning – Fall Medical Mission Report

Medical team, translators, and other helpers … pose in front of the clinic.

Haiti Twinning sent its 78th mission team to visit the St. Thomas Twinning parish of St. Marie-Madeleine Parish in Duchity, Haiti from November 9-16. The Medical Team worked out of the clinic built by St. Thomas and patients from the entire Duchity area were treated. Anne Cucinello, a co-leader of the team, provided the following report.

We traveled in November to Duchity, Haiti with a Medical Team of ten: four doctors/PA’s, five nurses and one helper, along with 1,000 pounds of medication and supplies. We treated nearly 800 patients!

We were greeted by Ste. Marie-Madeleine’s new parish Pastor, Fr. Emery Menard.
Fr. Menard celebrated Mass for us one evening. We were overwhelmed and moved by the beautiful voices of the youth choir and talent of the drummer, pianist and
guitarist. The community was very welcoming.

The Centre Bon Samaritan De Duchity Clinic has had many new improvements from the equipment and medical supplies from the 20 foot container that Project CURE provided … new beds and stretchers, an ultrasound and infant isolette, a monitor and defibrillator, and a lot of other needed medical supplies. Dr. Orcius and his staff continue to do an amazing job!

A mobile clinic traveled one day and treated 120 patients in Tozia, a nearby, rural village outside of Duchity.

We met Kevin Carney, an educator from Chicago, who is volunteering his time to teach English to the high school students at St. Thomas School and their staff, the medical staff, and the children at Ertha’s orphanage.

We visited the 16 children at the orphanage. We were greeted by them singing and we played games and sang songs with them. Their hugs are amazing!

We would like to thank the St. Thomas community for their prayers and continued financial support of the Clinic and the Medical Mission teams.

God Bless, Anne Cucinello and Medical Team

The Medical Team plans to return to Duchity in the spring of 2019 and would like to include more St. Thomas parishioners. A number of medical professionals expressed an interest during September’s Haiti Weekend. Now is the time to get involved for the next trip. There are also opportunities for non-medical helpers. Please contact Mike in the OSJ Office (mryder@stapostle.org, 630.355.8980).

Medical Team member examining a Duchity baby.

Medical Team visit to Ertha’s Orphanage … a highlight of the trip for team members.