The severity of the situation in Haiti continues to rise. With six operating rooms at the clinic, our medical team is at capacity, which is good. However, some of our patients medical needs are beyond what our little clinic can handle at this time.
More helicopters are needed to airlift critical trauma patients that need specialized emergency treatment that we are not equipped to handle here at this 100-bed hospital. We did; however, just have a helicopter arrive and airlift two patients, one being a dying infant, to the Santo Domingo Trauma Center.
But there’s not enough room on these helicopters or enough of them arriving to pick up other patients that desperately need to be in an ICU. Like the patient that just arrived today. This man was getting gas at a petrol station when the earthquake struck. He was engulfed in a propane fire, where 40% of his body was burned. He waited in the back cab of a truck for FIVE days outside a Port-au-Prince hospital waiting to be treated, but no treatment came. His family got word of hospitals outside of Port-au-Prince that were seeing patients, so they rushed him to our hospital in Jimani.
This man is in critical condition, and needs to be airlifted to more advanced care, but who knows when the next helicopter will arrive or the next ICU bed will open up. I was told by an official that every single ICU bed in Haiti and even the Dominican Republic is full.
The situation here remains dire, but the Hatian people remain strong and cling to hope. The strength of their spirit is beyond inspiring…A.B.