University of Miami hospital in Port au Prince is saving lives.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 in Haiti
University of Miami hospital in Port au Prince is saving lives.

I had no idea what to expect working with project medishare- and glad that i did not.  As i wrote, thought I would be doing “logistics” work… which i learned means alot of operational stuff- not so much my forte but of course i can do it- and happily so.  However when they caught wind that i was a psych i was pulled into a few cases- I also ended up acting as physical therapist “technician” and a nurse assistant.  Much of the reason for this is that there is a dire need of nurses, PTs & OTs.   So if you know any please send them Project Medishare’s way.  I will do my best the next few days to fill you in a bit of what i have been up to the past week.  In a nutshell my experience has left me in awe of the people of Haiti’s resilience and the hard work that docs, nurses, and other medical staff put in at the hospital.  20 hour days seemed to be the norm. I have mad respect for most i met there- some who will be friends for life.  Thank you Project Medishare for putting together such an incredible group and for existing in the 1st place- what you have is Haiti’s biggest and most high tech hospital going right now- you are saving many many lives. 

 

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  1. Christine
    February 1, 2010

    I think you’re awesome! You are such an inspiration to me and I am forever blessed to have met you and proud to call you friend.

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  2. Lou Angeli
    March 30, 2010

    Hi Michelle, Just returned from a 10 day tour of duty at the UM Hospital on the grounds of the Toussant Intl Airport.

    Our team from Delaware arrived and went directly to work in the pediatric unit, and I began flying medevacs and ambulance trips an hour after my arrival. There’s a great deal of new trauma cases coming into the hospital, as the situation in the streets becomes more desperate. Lots of gunshot wouds, auto accidents and burn victims — and those are just the kids.

    I’ve posted photos online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/disasterphotog/sets/72157623609590767/

    Lou

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