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Day five in Haiti: Fighting the odds

port au princeNelson Aquino, a nurse anesthetist from Children’s, is in Haiti with a group of Children’s clinicians. He’s been sending us updates and photos almost daily. Here’s his most recent email:

In the PACU today, we had a young boy screaming words in Haitian. We asked the interpreter whether he was having pain and where? The interpreter said he wasn’t having pain, but said he was calling out the names of all his dead family members and asking them to help him. My heart just dropped and I looked at him and rubbed his forehead, I didn’t know what else to do.

For every tragedy there is a miracle. Today I learned about a man I had cared for yesterday in a tent. This man was emaciated and rumor was he was found 10 days later in the rubble. I remember seeing him transported in when we arrived. I was giving him sedation for his dressing changes.

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This man was found alive after spending 10 days in a morgue.

Later, I found out the real story. The man was actually found in the morgue. He was thought to be dead and pulse-less and placed with the other deceased. When workers opened the morgue doors 10 days later, they saw this man was moving his hands! He was immediately resuscitated and placed on a fentayl patch for hospice care. Well today he is alive and sitting up and drinking! The Haitians have now named him ” Black Jesus.” He even looks like that too. What an amazing story.

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Haiti update: Images from Port-au-Prince

4282675096_fa9814a465_mDavid Walton, MD, a physician with Partners in Health, arrived in Port-au-Prince within 48 hours of the earthquake. He met with Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante (Partners In Health’s Haitian sister organization) leadership to pursue a coordinated strategy for medical relief.

In addition to providing desperately needed medical care and arranging relief effort logistics, Walton was able to document the scene with his camera.

View this photo gallery for a glimpse into the challenging and heartbreaking situation in Port-au-Prince right now.

Lester Hartman, MD, a Children’s-affiliated pediatrician who runs a clinic in the mountains of Haiti, made his way to the region within days of the earthquake. He’s been sending email updates about what he’s seeing on the ground. Last night he wrote:

Brought 40 people from sheet cities in Port-au-Prince – will house up in closed school near clinic. Several kids with fractures.
Our driver just informed girlfriend died. Be back midnight from Dominican Republic, pics to follow.

We’ll update you on Hartman’s progress and that of the Children’s team that has been trying to get to Haiti since last week as soon as we have more information.

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