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Format: 04/19/2014
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WPXI-TV: Pittsburgh Woman Shares Emotional Stories from Visit to Haiti

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A Pittsburgh woman is back from Haiti, and sharing her emotional story.

Deborah Bohan is a physician assistant at Allegheny General Hospital. She said nothing she has seen at American hospitals could have prepared her for this.

Everyday she saw anywhere from seven to 10 amputations. Everywhere she went, people were hungry and thirsty and needed shelter. She was especially affected by the death of a 17-year-old diabetic girl who died in her care.

Bohan had to tell the teen’s mother. “You know I said she was going to be ok, Angeline's dead. I felt an arm reach over and she thanked me, thanked me for taking care of her daughter," she said.

Deborah Bohan says Port-au-Prince gets the media attention but more attention needs to be given to Leogane, the epicenter of the earthquake. It was there she helped set up a clinic, and at every turn handed out water and power bars to starving Haitians.

She said through all the chaos the people were amazingly calm and controlled.

Bohan said she plans to go back to Haiti, and help the recovery effort.

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