East Syracuse doctor to travel to Haiti next month

Fitzgerald said doctors charge them 25 cents per visit because if they don't, Haitians think the act is worthless; that "only a slave works for free."

Daily updates from Hopital Sacre Coeur

Dr. Fitzgerald receives daily updates on the CRUDEM-sponsored hospital, along with pictures that reflect the day to day plights and progress. In an e-mail report dated Jan. 20, correspondent Denise Kelly wrote that the US Coast Guard and US Navy are aware of the hospital's capacity to treat the most severely injured.

"We are the best prepared hospital and perhaps only facility in the country right now equipped to meet the surgical needs of the most seriously injured," Kelly said. "A lot of the children and infancts are now arriving in need of amputations. Many of them have lost their parents. It is very difficult emotionally for our medical volunteers and will be rotating with groups not staying more than one week at a time."

She added that despite the influx of 112 injured survivors, the hospital had informed the US Navy and Coast Guard that they are willing to take an additional 100 victims right away.

As of Jan. 23, another update reported the hospital had received approximately 250 severely-injured patients from Port au Prince -- well beyond its 73-person capacity. Of those who had been treated, 20 had been discharged and a further 20 are in the process of being rehabilitated into the community to make room for patients arriving regularly by road or helicopter (a total of 42 people were airlifted to the hospital Jan. 22).

The update also reports that helicopters are landing into the night; orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons and their teams continue to work past midnight while medical volunteers provide follow up care. Additionally, three high schools have been transitioned into wards for acute care and triage.

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