Global Doc: Small Victories

Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | August 26, 2015

Daniel had been a patient for over two years, since February 2013 when he was only 14 years old. He was a patient before we even had a chemotherapy program. I spotted him waiting for an appointment with a surgeon in February 2013, massive tumors bulging out of his neck atop the thin frame of a malnourished boy. It took months to diagnose the exact type of cancer, requiring two biopsies sent to three different pathology labs.

Radiation is not available in Haiti. After a biopsy showed a type of throat cancer only treatable with radiation, we started the process to get Daniel to the Dominican Republic. We practically forced our way into the Dominican embassy, finally securing him a visa. He travelled twice to the Dominican Republic, requiring two full months of radiation therapy.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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