Port-au-Prince, Day 1, 4:30 pm

28 Apr

I’m getting use to the long flight. The bags of supplies and that drive from the airport to the hospital in Port-au-Prince that serves as a reality to check as to where we are. We landed and got settled by 7 pm last night and right away the doctors and nurses kicked into action. Local staff know us well by now and it’s like seeing old friends. Hugs all round.

Overnight, another reality check of where we are. One gunshot wound. One stabbing requiring the emergency team’s quick attention.

The day starts early with a trauma. Nurses prep for surgery to fix a broken femur and tibia. Later, myself and Dr. Rideout make a house call to a patient with a spinal chord injury. We know him. His name is Cator. We first treated him back in November, 2011. He’s been through rehab and is an active member of Project Stitch where he can provide for his family. I can tell by the smile on Art’s face that this alone made the trip for us. We need more stories like this.

Back at the hospital again. Peds is busy treating patients with infectious diseases. It’s gonna be a busy week. Missing the family. Missed Great Big Sea last night. Keep thinking about Cator. Makes it all worth it.

– Andrew



Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Mission 9


8 responses to “Port-au-Prince, Day 1, 4:30 pm

  1. ruadhgubrath

    April 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    What a great story and an illustration of what Broken Earth is all about. Lives are different because of your efforts. Well done team!

  2. Sonia

    April 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Well worth it!!!

  3. Rochelle

    April 29, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Thinking of all you guys down there..have a great week. wish I was there proud of you all Rochelle…

  4. Miss Adventures

    April 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

    First blogging done and dusted! Great stuff Andrew. Thanks for sharing your story….and yes so very worth it…not only for the team, staff, paitients and their families but for all of humanity. Love and compassion in motion. Makes me very happy indeed!

    Miss Adventures

  5. linda sullivan

    April 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    You guys are doing a great job! Wish I was there again.Thinking of you all stay safe God Bless!Linda Sullivan

  6. Anne-Marie Woodrow

    May 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

    They are so lucky to have you guys there. wish i was there with you again. Keep safe.

  7. Georgie Macfie

    May 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I just discovered this blog. Great job Andrew. It’s great to catch up on the news from Haiti. Wish I was there too.

  8. Robert O'Reilly

    October 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Great job Sport. We are all so proud of you. I know that you and your friends have made so many children and parents happy. Keep caring.


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