On the eve of Halloween, ghosts and goblins were the furthest from Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf’s minds. Instead, they were focused on the children of Haiti. The husband-and-wife duo opened their home to host a gathering in honor of Dr. Jacqueline Gautier, CEO of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and president of the Haitian Pediatric […]
For the past 2 years, children have been leaving Haiti – 2 at a time a few times a year – to come to Akron Children’s to have their heart defects repaired. But for each of these life-saving procedures we have performed, there are hundreds of children back in Haiti waiting for their turn. In many cases, time runs out.
We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.
Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.
Russell Maroni shares his experience as a healthcare missionary One year ago, Haiti was struck by a catastrophic, 7.0-magnitude earthquake. In the days that followed, reports of the devastation flooded in. More than 1,700 miles away, Russell Maroni was working as an X-ray technologist at Akron Children’s Hospital. Married with a baby on the way […]
Saturday We spent a few hours away from Saint Damien’s Hospital. Went out to a rural village, Fondwa, which is a 2-hour drive up in the mountains. This is the village Sister Judy was living/working in when the earthquake hit. The village was destroyed. Amazing how roads are still piled with rocks and rubble; buildings still […]