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First Impressions

Today began like most Mondays that I’ve come to know – I woke up at 0400 and got dressed so quickly that I hope everything’s on the right way! Today was different, though, because instead of heading to a shift at Emerson Hospital, I was

And then there were 4 …

We arrived early at St. Luke’s on Thursday, as it was one of our two Clinic days for this week. There were almost 400 patients for the Clinic or the ED alone. Nicole worked in Triage, ensuring that the patients were placed in the right

The Senate President

We started with Mass at 0700. Many of us are not religious, but that’s not why you attend Mass here. Father Rick Frechete, one of the founders of St. Luke’s, holds Mass each morning to honor the dead appropriately. The Mass, unfortunately, is a daily funeral.

The Tsunami at dinner

We woke up early on our second day in Haiti. It was the first day of training and we would be busy from start to finish. We walked the mile to St. Luke’s Hospital; we were covered in dust by the time we got there.

Lost & Found

Five of the February team members boarded the plane at Logan Airport in Boston; our sixth member, Nicole, was taking a different flight so we were planning to meet her in Haiti. Our flights were scheduled to land only an hour apart, so we thought

Haiti Travel Tips

We’ve found our rhythm. We wake early and head off to triage. Three of us help the nurses in triage, while Travis and I teach a class to the Technicians. Because Reneau is in triage, my friend Dimitry assists us with translation in the class.

Day 4: Heartbreak

On Thursday we woke early, had some coffee, and went on our way. We had three people to help triage the patients before they were seen. We were prepared with blood pressure cuffs and oxygen saturation sensors that we didn’t bring with us on the

rollercoaster

After completing 10 surgeries that day, candlelight mass was a nice moment of relaxation and thought.  The busy operative day …

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Nutella returns to Haiti

On the way to Logan Airport, I reflected on my last trip to Haiti. I thought about the people I met and patients we had seen. Since our last trip, there had been flooding in the area where we were staying and I wondered how

Hump Day

Life in Haiti is hard. There is not enough of anything to go around. There are shortages of all supplies in every hospital. People can’t afford medications that they should be taking everyday. The doctors are incredibly competent but have few diagnostic tools available to

The Art of Debrief

Another code. A different country. Wow. How do you teach and train when the staff you’re working with doesn’t see the value in that life? In the states, we wouldn’t have needed to resuscitate that patient because he wouldn’t have been allowed to get that

International Relations

Today, we arrived in Haiti. I have been here before but this is the first trip for my team members . Their reactions varied as we found our guide at the airport. We made our way outside and the heat came over us. We removed