Haiti Update: News from Hopital Sacre Coeur

CNY Doctor Michael Fitzgerald is traveling to Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti next week for seven days. He continues to update Eagle Newspaper readers with the most recent happenings as he receives them via e-mail from a correspondent in Haiti:

As of Jan. 28:

There is good news and bad news from Hopital Sacre Coeur.

The bad news is that many of the patients received are very sick with infections because of their delayed treatment. The staff were up all night Tuesday night trying to save a 19-year-old girl but unfortunately she died. A 26-year-old man is currently in critical condition, we have put out a call for 2 ventilators and hopefully one will be arriving with the Boston Caritas Christi Hospital group tomorrow and one from St Louis. We are now determining how many additional internists and medical people we will need to care for those with infectous diseases.

We have 48 children victims of the quake and the good news is that several of the girls aged between 5 and 7 who have had amputations and/or have casts on their legs began to walk with their crutches for the first time today outside the "new hospital" - the school across from the hospital building. There were lots of smiles and lots of encouragement as they took their first steps.

Kat, one of our Haitian Nurse Practitioners walked with the girls through the mens ward where many have had amputations and told them "See if the girls can do it, you can do it!" Our incredible volunteers are doing amazing work that stretches beyond providing medical care.

Currently there is a group from Caritas Christi, one from St Louis and a medical orthopedic team from Florida. Our thanks too to our staff and volunteer co-ordinating team working in Haiti on supplies and the million other non-medical tasks that need to be accomplished. We are very grateful also to our supporters, those sourcing and flying planes of volunteers with urgently needed supplies,donors of essential supplies and those organizing fundraisers and spreading the word about CRUDEM.

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