The Haiti earthquake took Wilfred Macena's leg. Today, on the six-month anniversary of the quake, he and the doctors of Project Medishare stand as a sign of hope amidst the rubble. This is their story.
Wilfred Macena is a handsome 25-year-old with a quick laugh and a nearly relentless smile. On the 12th of January, he was working as a welder when the earth shook, and a wall caved in right on top of him. His femur shattered. He was left alone to pull up the bottom half of his leg and carry it with him on a horrific seven-day journey, during which he nearly died. Luckily, the cousin he finally reached had a vehicle. But Macena's wounds could not be healed with a simple ride to a hospital. Even before the quake, Haiti was desperately lacking in quality doctors. So in order to find proper medical care, Macena - like anyone with any means in Haiti - had to find a way to get out of the country.
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