Hello from Haiti. We are well and happy to have team 6B here with us. We have had a lot of trouble with communications and the internet service has been down for the last few days. We continue to be busy, averaging 6-7 surgeries per day, with many times more injuries that are seen in follow-up or treated nonsurgically. Communication within Haiti continues to slowly evolve. We finally made contact with and visited the Miami field hospital based at the airport. This is a very impressive operation with great organization but no ability to treat fractures with internal fixation due to a near 100% infection rate. We were able to help them with a couple of fractures and they will help us with a couple of our chronic wounds. I have also made contact with surgeons from North Carolina whom I trained. This has enabled us to get some more implants and transfer a spine patient for operative treatment.
We have been blessed with lots of supplies through the gracious efforts of ISOH and the US Navy who paid us a visit today. They are offloading the USNS Comfort and provided us with supplies and possibly a team to organize our pharmacy and stock room as well as repair our medical equipment!
It has been an exhausting week with miracles and losses. We are all well and eager to return home and be with our families and friends.
We pass the torch to team 6B in the morning and pray for their continued efforts to heal the people of Haiti.