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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Medical personnel, supplies arrive in Haiti from Pittsburgh

Monday, January 25th, 2010

By Dennis B. Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - A 79-member medical team from Pittsburgh and beyond arrived here Sunday night with 30,000 pounds of medical supplies in a race against time, sickness and decay in this earthquake-stricken city.

The return flight carried 80 more orphans, children released at the last minute to fly to Florida and, from there, to families waiting across the United States.

"We did it," beamed James Bouchard, the Pittsburgh businessman who co-sponsored last night's mercy flight. At first, he had expected to return only with exhausted relief workers after the Haitian government balked at any further release of orphans.

He learned of the change in policy moments after the flight landed at Touissant Airport.

Many of the doctors expect to see medicine they have never experienced.

Justin Mistovich, an orthopedic surgeon from Allegheny General Hospital traveled here his wife, Keili Meyer. At 29 he has been a surgeon a few years. He wasn't sure where on the island he is being sent, but knows what he sees - and does - will mark a shift in his career.

One colleague who was already there reported back on the stark truth of medicine in the western hemisphere's most impoverished disaster scene.

"She did 34 surgeries in 24 hours," he said. "She did 13 amputations by herself."

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.
 

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