Children's disaster response team still en-route to Haiti

Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times
Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times

As a sign of how devastated Haiti is after the earthquake, the team of Children’s Hospital Boston employees, including Shannon Manzi, Emergency Department pharmacist, David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of Trauma Program and Gary Fleisher, MD, Children’s pediatrician-in-chief is still attempting to land with their supplies in Haiti; they left the United States more than 24 hours ago.

Their plane flew all the way to the airport in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, only to be turned away last night as there were no lights or traffic control to guide the aircraft safely. They were  diverted to the Turks and Caicos Islands to refuel, but the team hopes to make a second attempt today.

We’ll post updates as soon as we receive them, so keep checking back for the latest news.

Read some tips from Children’s psychiatrist Stuart Goldman, MD, about how to talk with your children about the situation in Haiti.