Two physicians from Johnson City, Tenn., traveled to the Caribbean nation of Haiti to perform potentially life-saving surgery on a teenager.
The teenager, Jean Wilson (also known as Lobe), suffered constant headaches from a subdural hematoma — a mass of blood collecting in his head, pushing against his brain. The hematoma was the result of a July 4 injury, when Wilson fell out of tree.
Jean Wilson, also known as Lobe. (PHOTO BY HUNTER KITTRELL)
Wilson is one of the youths served by Emmaus House
, a church-supported ministry in Cap Haitien, Haiti. It’s a transition home for young adults who grew up at the Cap Haitien Children’s Home. Hunter and Jillian Kittrell, who oversaw the children’s home, transitioned into the new ministry earlier this year. The Northwest Church of Christ
in Broomfield, Colo., supports the work.
Flying surgeons from the U.S. to Haiti was easier than obtaining a medical visa for Wilson to have the procedure done in the U.S., Jillian Kittrell said.
“We honestly couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better,” she said of the surgery. As he recovers from the procedure, Wilson is studying to keep from falling behind at school.
“He has always dreamed of becoming a radiologist,” Jillian Kittrell said. Now “he is even more determined to see that dream come to reality. He is one of the most determined students we have at Emmaus House, for sure.”
In a recent Facebook post, Wilson wrote, “Father God, thank you for your amazing and boundless love for me. … You never sleep or slumber but are constantly watching over me, commissioning your angels to guard and protect me.”
Wilson thanked the Kittrells and “all the other people, friends and friends of friends who, though they don’t even know me, were praying for me during that hard time.”