A Story of Hope and Inspiration in Haiti
By Tyler Marshall - January 27, 2010 - Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Two weeks after Haiti’s great tragedy, stories of hope
and inspiration speak to the resilience of the national character.
Consider Fabienne, a prima ballerina for a national
theatre renowned for performances anchored in the country’s rich folklore. Fabienne’s
left leg was crushed under falling concrete during the Jan. 12th earthquake and
she had to have it amputated below the knee.
Her attending physician, International Medical Corps
volunteer doctor William Gregory from Los Angeles, says the initial healing is
going well and just two weeks later Fabienne was getting her first lessons in
using crutches and “relearning how to distribute her balance so she can
But for Fabienne, whose face is more often that not lit
up by a radiant smile, walking is just a half-way point to her real goal: she
is determined to dance again.
“I will do this,” she said with a voice that carried not
an ounce of doubt. Dr. Gregory thinks that, once comfortable with a prosthetic,
she can make it.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I’ve seen entire dance troupes
of amputees. Once she regains her sense of balance and learns how to
redistribute her weight, she’ll do fine. She’s young and she’s got a great