Many Hands

Patient Stories

Here are a few stories from the great work being done by Men Anpil. These stories speak to the much needed services provided to the people of Haiti.


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Gertha Decimus

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Gertha Decimus

Gertha was seen by Dr. Moriconi in 2014 with an aggressive tumor of the jaw called an ameloblastoma which he confirmed with a biopsy. It took a full two years to arrange for treatment back in the US, and once again because of Abington/Jefferson Health under the presidency of Meg McGoldrick, she was able to be treated. In an 11 hour operation in December 2016, this tumor was removed by Dr. Moriconi and his team, effectively saving this patient’s life.
With extensive help from our translator (and board member) Nativita Merone, our doctors and nurses, the Conways of Hosts for Hospitals and many others, Gertha spent a month in the US. She recently has returned to Haiti to continue to recuperate. She was beyond grateful to all for her care.


Libnie Dolcine

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Stories | Comments Off on Libnie Dolcine

Libnie_before_2In 2011, Libnie Dolcine (28) traveled for five hours, by bus, taxi, motorcycle, and on foot, to reach the Christianville clinic and be seen by Dr. Moriconi. Since age four, she and her family had noticed a swelling on the right side of her face. Over the years, the few doctors she had seen had no answers or any way to treat her. The swelling had continued to distort her face, leaving her unable to work and afraid to be seen in public. Once again, Dr. Moriconi performed a biopsy and the sample showed a rare formLibnie_before_1 of bony fibrous growth that could only be remedied surgically.

After many months of bureaucratic delay, she arrived for surgery at Abington and, in January 2012, underwent an eight-hour operation to re-contour her skull, upper and lower jaws, and oral cavity. Unfortunately, she had lost the eyesight in her right eye two years before due to the growth of the tumors, and this could not be saved. The surgery was performed by a team of ENT surgeons, Plastic surgeons, and Neurosurgeons under the direction of Dr. Moriconi. All care, including hospitalization and living arrangements with host families (, was donated.Libnie_post-surgery
Libnie was discharged from the hospital after two weeks, and she returned to her home in Haiti after four weeks. Dr. Moriconi was able to see her on his March 2012 mission to Christianville. Her photo speaks for itself, as we now see a smiling and happy patient, slowly re-integrating herself back into life in her small village and able to face her life with renewed confidence.



Updated Photo 2015

Updated Photo 2017

Leyila Felisya Previl

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Stories | Comments Off on Leyila Felisya Previl


IMG_0170Leyila is a 14 year old girl who came to the dental clinic at Christianville in April of 2013 with a complaint of an expanding tumor of her lower right jaw. Dr. Moriconi was able to biopsy the lesion at that time, and it was determined to be a very locally aggressive tumor similar to Adeline’s. Dr. Moriconi was able, through the auspices of Men Anpil, to bring her and her mother to the US for treatment in his office. The tumor was removed and two teeth extracted under sedation. Leyila did very well after the surgery and is now tumor free after almost 2 years. She and her mother were very grateful for the care they received. It is patients like these, who have no other recourse, that Men Anpil strives to help.


Leyila 4 years post surgery

Adeline Joachim

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Stories | Comments Off on Adeline Joachim

Adeline Joachim was initially Adeline_after_xrayseen by Dr. Moriconi on his first trip to the clinic. She had noticed a swelling in her jaw ayear prior,
which had been getting increasingly painful. Dr. Moriconi performed a biopsy and brought the sample back to the United States for examination.

It turned out to be a very aggressive tumor, which he knew would continue to grow without treatment. Realizing there was little Adeline_before_xraypossibility of this happening in Haiti, he enlisted his local hospital and several physicians, as well as the local Haitian population, to bring Adeline to the States. Months later, Adeline arrived, and the operation was a success. She returned to Haiti and, when seen a year later at Christianville, her X-ray showed complete healing of the bone where the jaw tumor had been removed.

Adeline was seen in November 2014 with continued complete resolution of the tumor,
nearly 5 years after its removal.

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