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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: AGH doctor describes 'Armageddon' in Haiti

Friday, January 15th, 2010

By Dennis B. Roddy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Williams has bound wounds in some of the worst slums of the world, but what has landed on Haiti is the very wrath of God, a hammer blow to the skull of an already dying man.

"We're talking about Armageddon here," said Dr. Williams, an internist with Allegheny General Hospital and longtime doctor with Hopital Albert Schweitzer, a charity hospital founded by a Mellon family heir and headed by Pittsburgh-based administrator Ian Rawson.

The poverty was already stunning, say Pittsburghers who volunteer at the hundreds of clinics that stretch across the island nation of 9 million.

People walk the streets in rags. Hunger gnaws. Electricity is a whim.

"A lot of people are going to starve to death or die of their injuries, trapped under the rubble," said Dr. Williams.

He could find no way to make that prediction any happier.

Today, the halls of Hospital Albert Schweitzer were flooded. It withstood the tremors that flattened so much of Port au Prince and remote villages up and down the island.

To read more, visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site.

 

 

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