To provide Nanotte with the level of care she needed, Dr. Masch returned to Haiti to perform a pro bono radical hysterectomy assisted by her friend and colleague, Dr. Jill Whyte, a gynecologist oncologist at North Shore LLIJ Cancer Institute in New York.
The surgery was performed at St. Luc’s sister facility, St. Damien’s Hospital, which generously donated their surgical suite and hospital services. Pathology from the surgery revealed a 2.8 centimeter tumor, and radiation therapy and chemotherapy were indicated for treatment. Neither chemo nor radiation therapy was available to Nanotte in Haiti, so she had to leave the country to receive her treatment. After much assistance from multiple non-profits and the absolute persistence and tenacity of Dr. Marc Augustin, the medical director of St. Luc Fondation, Nanotte obtained a passport and visas, secured lodging, transportation, and food. All the arrangements were made for her to have her treatments at Instituto Oncologico Del Cibao in Santiago de los Cabelleros in the Dominican Republic. While there, Nanotte was supported by The Fundacion Solidaria del Divino Nino Jesus (FSDNJ), headed by Father Eduardo. Direct Relief paid for the cost of the treatments, transportation, food, and lodging.
Nanotte arrived in the Dominican Republic, and after a series of scans and the completion of lab work, a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiation began. The seven weeks turned into sixteen as Nanotte experienced adverse effects from her treatment. Nanotte successfully completed her treatments and safely returned to Haiti. A follow-up exam in the Dominican Republic revealed no evidence of cancer.