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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Haitian teen with cancer is adjusting to Pittsburgh

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

By Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kenson Jean would not be left behind.

"We were told, 'no way' [could he leave], but we just kept pushing, pushing, pushing," said Mark Sangimino, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital.

Kenson, a 16-year-old from Haiti, was granted last-minute permission over the weekend to fly to Pittsburgh for treatment of bone cancer. He arrived at AGH's Suburban Campus in Bellevue on Sunday and Monday, medical staff held a news conference to provide an update on his condition.

Medically, his treatment is in the evaluation stages. Two days of MRIs and other testing will help doctors determine if he will be able to keep his left leg.

His cancer was described as "advanced," possibly 10 months along, said Dr. Sangimino. At the very least, reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy and rehabilitation, will keep Kenson here for some time. The teen did not appear at the news conference.

"He understands all the possibilities," said Dr. Sangimino, who met Kenson several weeks ago while working with a combined relief effort from Pittsburgh. There was little the medical staff could do for him at the time, but Dr. Sangimino said there was something about the boy that persuaded him to return.

"My team had been in and out, but I went down this weekend specifically to get this boy out," Dr. Sangimino said. "He was right where I left him, in the middle of chaos."


To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.

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