Sunday, May 25, 2008

Catholic Diocese of Peoria Ignores My Brother's Letters

My brother Tom wrote the Catholic Diocese of Peoria multiple times in the early 2000's. His letters were logical and Tom asked excellent questions.

Tom never received an answer to any letter from Bishop Daniel Jenky.

After watching Haitian children die terrible deaths in the last two years, Tom's letters proved to be prophetic.

My brother and I have a new understanding how the Catholic Church was able to keep the clergy sex abuse scandal quiet for so long. We have lived through the Diocese of Peoria's malignant silence over dying Haitian kids that they could have helped if they really wanted to.

See this letter written by Tom in 2003.

"Readers, I need your help...."

I have constructed a letter (below) to people in the Peoria area that may have influence with the policy makers at OSF.

If any of you have contacts with other medical centers around the U.S. that would consider operating on these girls, please notify me.

Pictured is Katina with her father. I will post pictures of Jenny and Heureuse also.

Thank you.

May, 2008

Dear ------------,

Since 1995, Haitian Hearts has brought over 125 babies, children, and young adults to the United States for surgery. Most of the surgery has been cardiac surgery. Haiti does not have the technology to consistently and reliably support cardiac patients who need sophisticated heart-lung bypass capabilities.

OSF accepted Haitian Hearts patients in the 1990’s and their young lives were made better with the skilled nurses, perfusionists, and physicians in Peoria.

OSF was following their mission statements while Haitian Hearts donated over 1.1 million dollars to OSF-Children's Hospital of Illinois for the medical care offered the Haitian children.

After I was fired from OSF in 2001, the medical center spokesperson informed the Peoria community that Haitian Hearts would continue even though I was terminated. However, in 2002, all funding from OSF for Haitian Hearts was stopped by OSF and the American Consulate in Haiti was notified by OSF to deny any further visas for Haitian Hearts children with cardiac conditions to come to Peoria’s OSF.

In 2003, I was notified by OSF’s legal counsel (Hinshaw-Culbertson) that OSF would not accept any further patients referred by me and this included Haitian Hearts patients. (I was notified again by the same lawyer in 2006 that OSF would continue their Haitian Hearts embargo.)

Unfortunately, two young Haitian men that were operated at OSF in the late 90’s and returned to Haiti, became ill in Haiti. I treated both in Haiti for extended periods of time but both needed further heart surgery to stay alive. Both were denied care at OSF in spite of the wishes of their local central Illinois host families and physicians that advocated for them.

Both patients died without heart surgery. Their Haitian and American families were devastated.

How could this happen?

Now I have three young women Heureuse, Jenny, and Katina that were operated at OSF. All need further heart surgery. If Heureuse dies, she will leave two children less than 5 years old in one of Haiti’s worst slums with no support. (Their father is dead.)

I have the girls on medications that Haitian Hearts brings to Haiti to keep them alive while they await surgery. They are in Haiti awaiting word from me now.

I have not been able to find other medical centers around the United States to accept these patients. Since they have been operated at OSF other medical centers believe that OSF should continue care for their patients. Many reasons are obvious why OSF should allow these girls to return to OSF.

Their Haitian families and American families are praying that OSF will make the beneficent decision for these girls.

Haitian Hearts can offer 5-10,000 dollars for the care of each girl. (A smaller charge by OSF will allow Haitian Hearts to bring further children to the United States.)

Last weeks issue of the Catholic Post in Peoria has two very timely quotes from Pope Benedict that OSF should read carefully:

“Within the community of believers, there can never be room for a poverty that denies anyone what is needed for a dignified life.”

“The responsibility of Christians to work for peace and justice, their irrevocable commitment to build up the common good, is inseparable from their mission to proclaim the gift of eternal life to which God has called every man and woman.”

I respectfully ask you to do all you can to convince OSF to allow their Haitian Hearts patients mentioned above to return to OSF, allow them to have surgery by Peoria’s specialists, and receive a new chance at life.

If you were these girls doctor, mother, or father, would you not be insisting that they receive the best care possible? The best care for them is right here in Peoria at OSF.

Please let me know.


John Carroll, M.D.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Hellhole Haiti" not as Violent as Peoria

I have watched Haitians for 25 years.

I have seen them walk incredible distances up rocky mountain roads, carry their sick neighbors to the doctor on their shoulders, sit in immobile traffic crammed inside of large stagnant trucks, and find their baby's bed empty when they visited at the hospital.

Haitians are not near as anger prone or violent as Peorians.

The homicide rate in Peoria is about 15/100,000 per year.

The homicide rate in Port-au-Prince is about 5/100,000 per year.

Figure that out.

See the New Zeland Herald.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What is Required

"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required."

Sir Winston Churchill

(Haitian Hearts patient Heureuse, holding her little girl. Heureuse is being denied repeat heart surgery by OSF-SFMC in Peoria and is contemplating her imminent death. When she is gone Heureuse will leave two little children alone in a slum in Port-au-Prince. She asked my wife and I if we would take her little girl.)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Let's Give a Hand to Them

Frandy is a teenager who lives in a slum of Port-au-Prince called Carrefour.

He goes to school and lives with his mother and a couple of brothers in a small "house" up a steep dirt hill in Carrefour.

He has an irrepressible spirit and writes us occasionally.

Here is Frandy's last e mail that he wanted posted on this web log. His English and spelling are not perfect, but neither is mine. (I did not try to correct his grammar...the only change I made was to divide his long paragraph into a few paragraphs.)

Frandy drives home his points ad nauseum, but why shouldn't he? He is living it.

Frandy even named this post: "Let's Give a Hand to Them".

Here it is:

Title : Let's give a hand to them

This is a bad moment for the Haitians. Most of the Haitians are hungry. Haiti needs the world to keep it from starving. Education is unaccessible for thousands children.

I think we should put hands together to help those who are in problems.(Education and medical care, food) are important to save thousands people here.

Once the children find education, they may take decision for their own lives after recieving instruction. We should struggle against violence in the slums here by helping the poor children to recieve education. Haiti needs school for the kids in all zones such as Cite soleil, Bel-Aire, Martissant and Raboto (Gonaives), Carrefour etc.

We are living in Technology and it requires school to catch a better life, we can not stay in a world where most of the children don't have oportunity to go to school and to eat.

The Haitian children are calling everyone because they don't want to carry guns anymore and they don't accept to be used by someone as slave. They are malnourished.

The Kids in Haiti are saying no to drug and no to prostitution and also no to gun and no to the illegal transportations in Dominican Republic. Stabilisation of Haiti depends on those specific matters "Education, Medical Care and Food. They are asking protection.

It says in the Bible "Anyone who receives the children, receives also the kingdom of God". We should give an eye on them.

Thank you very much for your understanding and may God bless you.