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Four doctors and eight nurses from Boston Children's Hospital recently spent a week in Haiti assisting a pediatric unit at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince.
Listen to the WBUR radio interview where two of them talk about the scene in Haiti, the cholera epidemic, and what's being done to keep children safe. (more...)
When the Haiti earthquake struck in Jan 2010, I looked at my schedule and saw a free month in May. I emailed around to see if I could go and initially came up against a licensing glitch precluding residents. Fortuitously I happened to have this discussion with Christiana Russ who wondered if I would be interested in going elsewhere. (more...)
On our first day, a young woman came in with new onset seizures. She presented with all the signs of increased cranial pressure that I learned about as a medical student - obtunded, signs of cushings triad - bradycardia and hypertension. (more...)
Stepping on the grounds of my birthplace after 23 years was a shocking experience. The images of poverty, destruction and desperation around me was quite different from the images of my childhood memories. Immediately, I begin to have mixed feelings of guilt for being more fortunate than others in this country as a child, at the same time blessed for the opportunities I have as a United States citizen. (more...)
This was my internal cry after arriving our first day. I thought I was going to lose my composure when those two women came in on the back of a truck requiring emergency C-sections. (more...)
In retrospect it seems hard to believe we only spent 8 days in Haiti. Each day was so intense and so replete with new experiences and powerful emotions. I remain awestruck and humbled by the fortitude of the Haitians I met, both patients and Medishare staff members. (more...)
I initially came with the team to work on developing collaborations between Partners In Health's (PIH) child health program and Children's, as PIH is planning an expansion of their child health services. However, PIH is also helping to coordinate staffing for the pediatric tents at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince. (more...)
I wasn't supposed to work the day today because I now have to start working nights since there is a few days' gap in the night pediatric physician coverage. But after a good night's sleep, and with two intubated patients in the pediatric tents with no other intensivist on site, I felt like I should go for morning rounds, set a plan for the day and then sleep on the hospital grounds to rest up for the night. (more...)
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