By Jennifer Browning
Over two dozen injured quake survivors airlifted to Miami are being treated at the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center said these numbers are likely to grow as rescuers bring some semblance of order to the chaos and desperation that has descended on Haiti since Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake leveled much of the capital and surrounding areas.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praised Americans for their quick generosity to the earthquake relief effort. The senator singled out UM’s Miller School of Medicine for having the first medical team on the ground in Haiti. Led by Dr. Barth Green, professor and chairman of neurological surgery and co-founder of Project Medishare/UM Global Institute, the team began treating the critically wounded within five minutes of landing at the devastated Port-au-Prince airport Wednesday afternoon.
Senator Nelson visited some of Jackson’s earthquake survivors Thursday and called on all of Florida’s children’s hospitals to help the youngest victims. He said the Ryder Center’s expertise, coupled with its proximity to Haiti and affiliation with Holtz Children’s Hospital, will make it a primary center for rendering assistance.
Even before Tuesday evening’s disaster, Haiti suffered from extensive health care shortages and gaps, which Project Medishare/UM Global Institute and other programs have been working to close.
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