OCH providers travel to Haiti to deliver healthcare
Dr. Pat MacMillan, Leta Hohl PNP, and Steve Barnes FNP traveled to Croix des Bouquets, Haiti for six days to provide medical care, complex wound care and medication support for earthquake victims and others ill at multiple primary care clinics. OCH held Hoops for Haiti a charity basketball game where OCH employees played a game of basketball against our providers. The event had tremendous support and raised $3,000 for the purchase of medicine and medical supplies for the providers trip to Haiti.
Leta Hohl, PNP put together a recap of their journey in Haiti.
Dr. Pat McMillian, Diane RN, Dr. Charles Dunn (our leader) Leta Hohl PNP, Steve Barnes FNP, Dr. Brent Barkus left from Springfield to Haiti on April 5, 2010. Jeff the prosthition (not shown here) met us in Haiti the next day.
Day 1: It took all day to get to Quat a Bouquet Haiti. We set up tents on the compound. Home sweet home! We unpacked all the medicine and supplies.
Were not in Kansas anymore. The temperature at was between 75 to 100 degrees, and the rainy season is approaching. See the buddies on the men’s public toilet.
Day 2: Clinic in a HOT church at Thoma Zeau. They sang 2 songs in Creole of gratitude for us coming. We saw 175 patients that day.
Day 3: Clinic outside at Thoma Zeau Caymon, next to lake with alligators. We saw 135 patients. The patients were very sick and we saw a lot of malnourished kids, hypertension, heart problems, and people who needed surgery.
We gave out barrettes to the girls.
And made some sweet friends.
Day 4: Clinic at the nutrition center. I learned about Plumby-nut. A supplement given to severely malnourished children based on their arm circumference. Once better they graduate to beans and rice cereal. This child is severely malnourished from worms.
Jeff made molds for 18 below the knee amputees. Without prosthetics these people would never walk again. The patients we saw were trapped under the rubble of cement blocks from the earthquake. Some people were trapped for days, and had their legs cut off with a saw and no anesthesia. Look closely at the tall white man, Jeff the prothetist is an amputee himself!
Then we went into Port au Prince to view the Earthquake destruction. There were tent cities and destruction everywhere. All of the schools in Port au Prince collapsed, killing hundreds of thousands of children. The estimated total deaths are 500,000 people.
Tent cities were everywhere. No electricity, no water, no food, no toilets, no place to cook. Nothing. The rainy season is coming. What will they do?
Day 5: Clinic in the mountains at Crochu. Saw 150 patients. We saw the springs in the beautiful mountains, children playing, and ladies dressed up riding donkeys. We brought a Doppler and listened to fetal heart tones.