Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | Jan. 22, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
A phone conversation with a friend of a friend in Philadelphia changed the way that I can help people in Haiti, but it all started when a young American man on a bus in Costa Rica changed healthcare all over the world.
I watched Daniel, a skinny 15-year-old, get sicker with each passing week, unsure how to help him. Every time that he visited the hospital, the tumor on his neck had grown. His mother had come from six hours away in the north of the country to seek care from Project Medishare’s hospital in Port-au-Prince. I noticed him waiting in line for the plastic surgery clinic and pulled him aside, sure that his problem could not simply be corrected by a scalpel. A biopsy showed a rare type of throat cancer; bad luck had made him sick and poverty prevented his doting mother from obtaining care for him sooner.