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Update from Haiti from Kathy Gamble, PTA

Tara Wisdom, PT, and I landed in Port au Prince, Haiti, two days after the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, exhausted from our travel. We were volunteering for eight days with Project Medishare at the Bernard Mev hospital, the only trauma center for miles. We joined about twenty-five other volunteers, mainly nurses and doctors from Cincinnati, at the small corrugated hangar for baggage claim and customs, battling our way through the chaotic crowd and even walking on the broken luggage carousel to maneuver our luggage outside to meet our drivers. We inched our way along the dusty road to the hospital, shocked by the number of people still living in tents and fascinated by tap-taps (their colorful public transportation) and people with large baskets on their heads, marveling that traffic c lanes, signals, and even traffic  direction are meaningless. After a brief orientation and tour, we hit the ground running, working with Kristin, a US PT finishing a six-month stint, and two techs who do everything from evals to wound care. We would later meet Fedora, a Haitian and recent Florida PT grad who will eventually head the PT department, for her second week on the job. There were no nurses’ aides; families changed sheets, bathed, dressed, and fed their loved ones, frequently giggling at our initial efforts to help them. Tara and I worked as a team for most of the week, settling into a routine of treating pediatric patients in the morning and adult spinal cord patients in the afternoon. The only soap to be found was brought by volunteers, in our dorm bathrooms; we relied instead on hand gel and gloves, thankfully in abundant supply. Two meals a day were stacked on table in takeout boxes, and yes, I ate my entire goat portion for lunch! […]


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