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Format: 04/25/2014
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KDKA-TV: Local Physician's Assistant Returns From Haiti

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Riding out of Port-au-Prince atop a truck loaded with medical supplies for the 18-mile drive to Leogone, Deb Bohan, a physician's assistant at Allegheny General's suburban campus, will never forget the faces of the people they passed.

"The blank looks on the faces, it was like they were in shock," she said.

And in Leogone, those faces lined the roads approaching the nursing school which was serving as a makeshift hospital.

Deb's work area was under a makeshift canopy in a courtyard.

For many of the patients, the battle was against infection.

With the help of doctors from Iowa, the Netherlands, Japan and Haitian nursing students, they did their best and yet there were deaths that Deb said could have been avoided with better resources.

Those hit everyone hard.

But there were births like little Mustava and a little guy that Deb playfully called Elmer and his mother decided to keep the name.

"So there's a baby Elmer in Leogone now that has me to thank," she said.
 

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV website.

 

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