Mrs. Micheleine Sully Dejoie provide care to the children after their surgery

Mrs Dejoie with her patient in the banana room

Mrs Dejoie with her patient in the Banana room

Mrs. Micheleine Sully Dejoie has 10 year career with St. Damien Hospital and now is one of the nurses taking care of the children after their surgery in the Banana room. She explained to me, “It is very important to be careful and pay close attention to the children in this room because after the surgery there are very frail and they need special care.”

Indeed, the nurses in the Banana Room are working closely with the pediatrician, and they have to follow the doctors orders scrupulously. The nurses are very helpful, they provide the appropriate prescribed medicines to the children, clean the injuries and apply new bandages, play with them and follow their progression.

“In order to help the children to recover normally we do some exercises with them according to the recommendations of the doctor.” she said. When asked how long a child can stay in the Banana room, she replied “Depends on what kind of pathology the child is suffering from and his or her progress.” She added, “It can be different from one child to another.”

Mrs. Dejoie develops good relationships with the children. The children are always asking for attention and like to play with the nurses. Some parents bring books, notebooks and pencils, so they can draw and keep learning a little bit during their stay in the banana room. It is a pleasure for her to be with them and she said, “Most of the times the children remind me my two children at home.”

Please visit the Banana Room album to see more photos of Mrs. Dejoie with some of the children she is caring for.

Please click here to visit the Banana Room album to see more photos of Mrs. Dejoie with some of the children she is caring for.

Mrs. Jeudy Marie Carmelle Judith has taken excellent care of the abandoned children in the NPFS hospital for 19 years.

Miss JouJou in the Tap-Tap Room

Miss JouJou in the Tap-Tap Room

Mrs. Jeudy Marie Carmelle, tenderly known as Miss Joujou is a wonderful nurse who is not only taking care of the children medically but also providing them with love and kindness.

When she was asked what kept her motivated during almost twenty years, she simply replied: “My love for the children.” she added “Some times, I used to be sick and stay home and couldn’t come, but I made sure to call someone who was working in the same section to make sure the children were fine and they are taking care of them.”

Her career with NPFS started in the old hospital in Pétion-ville before St. Damien opened the newer hospital in Tabarre. Miss JouJou used to take care of the children before they would move to Kenscoff to join our family in the Ste Helene orphanage. Most of them were abandoned children and she felt that they need a little more attention.

Sometimes she became so close to the children and when they left to go to Kenscoff or move to an other place she used to cry. “Now, I don’t cry anymore, but I feel the same pain in my heart… it is like crying inside of me” she said.

Her daily work, starts early. First, she takes the temperature of the abandoned children in the Tap-Tap room at the St. Damien Hospital, next she bathes the children and puts fresh, clean clothes on them, then she gives them food… and finally gets to play with them!  Click here to see Miss JouJou with her children in teh Tap-Tap room.

She explained to us: “Even if it is break time, I don’t really care… what is more important to me is to make sure that the children are well first.”

One thing that encourages Miss JouJou, is when the visitors come and see her children are doing fine, and are clean and congratulate her for that. We can say thanks to the Lord that we have a nurse like her and we are blessed that she will continue to provide good care to the children because her tenderness for the children is for ever!