Haiti victim in Wilmington for surgery

Reported by Claire Simms - bio|email
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington doctors are helping to save the hand of a boy injured in the Haiti earthquake.

Doctors from New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Wilmington Orthopaedic Group performed surgery on 12-year-old Carlens Diefils on Tuesday.  The surgery Tuesday evening lasted around four hours and the boy is currently in recovery.

The Haitian boy was brought to the U.S. when the only medical treatment available to him in Haiti was amputation.

Carlens' right hand was injured when he tried to help his sister after their house collapsed around them.

"The whole house collapsed. The first story went down and the children were with me also in the house and one big wall fell on them, but the Lord saved them," says Carlens' father, Octavius. He says Carlens reached up, pushing the wall away.

Paul Snyder knows the Diefils family through his mission work in Haiti. When he heard about Carlens' injuries, he wanted find a way to help.

Dr. William Sutton and Dr. Craig Rineer volunteered to perform the surgery in Wilmington.

Carlens will spend the next several weeks here in the U.S. recovering and going through physical therapy.  His doctors say his hand will be just fine.

The Wilmington Orthopaedic Group has set up a fund for Carlens Delfils and his family.  The fund is through RBC Bank.  Anyone interested in donating can stop by any RBC location or call 772-8800.

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