A 12-year-old Hatian boy is expected to make a full recovery after a long trip to Wilmington to repair his hand. Carlens Delfils was hurt saving his sister from falling rubble during the quake. After surgery monday, his doctors say his prognosis is excellent.
With an exam room filled with family, friends and doctors Carlens saw his hand today for the first time since that devastating quake. But getting to the recovery stage just more than a week after the quake, hasn't been easy. From finding passports, to getting a flight, to the doctors repairing bone, nerves, tendons and skin, all of those variables stacked the odds against the 12-year-old. Still his surgeon, Dr. Bill Sutton, who volunteered to do the surgery says, Carlens is not only recovering well, but remarkably quickly. Carlens, his sister and their father are also staying with Dr. Sutton.
"Very polite and very respectful," Sutton said about the boy. "He's somewhat softspoken as I certainly would be as well, but playing video games, he loves that, and that's a good therapy, and my kids don't mind doing that with them at all. They're certainly happy to embrace that instead of homework."
The community has been touched by Carlens's story. After hearing the 12-year-old loved to play video games, an anonymous donor dropped off a Nintendo DS for Carlens at his appointment today.
Carlens, his sister and their dad will stay in Wilmington for another six weeks while Carlens goes through physical therapy. You can help Carlens and the Delfils family. A fund has been set up through RBC Bank. You can stop by any bank branch or call 772-8800. Wilmington Orthopaedic Group is accepting donations of items for the family. Call Laura Colligan at (910) 763-7344 x1223 for more information.