Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 3 - Answers to Questions

We've now past the 48 hour mark and the team is hitting full stride. Today Michelle was in the OR by 5 am preparing for a packed day of surgeries. The team was through 6 cases by 10 am. I've moved to shooting more video, so watch for some posted stories tomorrow.

At 7 am the team started a case that was nothing short of amazing. I'd like to save the story for video, but I'll share it involves a law school where just 2 survived during a full afternoon of classes, a student being buried for 2 days, her brother digging her out just prior to the rubble being bulldozed away, an arm crushed beyond repair, and a surgical procedure today unlike anything I've ever imagined. You'll get the chance to meet her and hear her tell about what the Park Ridge team was able to do...

To your questions... several have asked about the team's sleeping and eating conditions - and one even asked what is Jimm up to? So today in text and photos - I thought I'd answer those questions.

Sleeping: Most of the group are in individual tents in hallways or outside on the roof - Food: We've got an amazing disaster relief team feeding over 3,000 meals a day to the patients, families, and staff here at the hospital - they have come together from around the world and often participate in relief work. They are known as the Supreme Master Ching Hai Disaster Relief Team. They are all 100% vegan so the food has been great and I don't have to wonder what I'm eating... Jimm: Today I bumped into him helping to organize and inventory a pharmacy that looks like Sidney's room after an in-room play date with friends. Later I found him trying to get a grasp on the need for qualified interpreters - even interviewing candidates outside. And this afternoon he was helping move medical supplies from the ADRA warehouse back to the hospital (video). We got back late this evening from another airport run.

If you have other questions or ideas for photos/video - please leave a comment or email me at - I'll get to them in a future post.

So many teams from around the world have come together at Hospital Adventiste d' Haiti to serve. There are many French medical teams outside taking care of all triage, pre-op and post-op care, there is a Canadian team, an Indian team, the Ching Hai Disaster Relief food prep team, a Spanish team arriving tomorrow, many American teams including the Park Ridge American orthopedic surgical team, and 100's of Haitians working to help those most harmed by the earthquake. Great stories with every conversation...

Fun final thought... I took a photo today you'll see at the end below - it's of 4 American trained, board certified / fellowship orthopods scrubbed in reconstructing a smashed pelvis. Where do you get that kind of expert attention in the US? Not Hopkins or Mayo - only the best for Haiti...


  1. You all are amazing! Michelle is a very good friend of ours, and we are so proud of her. We're proud of all of you!
    MaryAnn & John Rhoades

  2. What a privilege to be able to use your skills to help others so in need! We appreciate being able to follow your activities on this blog site and are praying that the Lord will lead in all that you do.

  3. After all the snow and staff staying in hotels so they can go to work it is humbling. I have been praying for all of you. I liked seeing Jeff in the tent on his black berry? lol Just know how proud we are of all your efforts. You truly are the vessels in which our Lord works his glory. God Bless the Haitian people. Thanks be to God that there is no ambivalence when it comes to love....Praying for the lot of ye Ryan O'Neill RN Diagnostic Imaging

  4. You are so blessed to be there with them. God bless you all for all your work.