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In the spirit of Thanksgiving in the United States, we want to share this touching thank you note we recently received from an Emergency Room doctor who brought a group of 15 from Minnesota to volunteer at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Haiti:

“Dear Project Medishare,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you to all of you for what you are doing in Haiti.  Running a hospital in the middle of Haiti is a near impossible task. That being said, you are all succeeding at the task amazingly well. Given the resources and surroundings, what you do is nothing short of miraculous. I know sometimes you lose sight of all the good that you are doing, but you should all be incredibly proud of what you have built and accomplished.

On a personal note, I want to thank you Toni, Rachel, and Kathleen for helping me through the week. For me, going to Haiti and working for a week is challenging enough. Bringing a group along was in many ways challenging also. Fortunately, with your help, the experience for the group was amazing. I feel like we helped the Haitian people, we helped our patients, and I personally succeeded in opening the eyes of 15 people to the grace and suffering of the Haitian people. Everyone from the crew I went with came back to Minnesota fundamentally changed. Perhaps this was the greatest gift for me on this trip and I could not have done that without your constant support and advice.

It has been an honor for me to have the opportunity to work with you. Working with you and getting to know each of you has been another gift from Haiti that I will always cherish. I realize that things will change, but one of my enduring memories of Haiti will be the times I spent with each of you.

I firmly believe that what Project Medishare is doing in Haiti is nothing short of miraculous. Going and working there has been life-changing for me.  Probably the most difficult, challenging, yet the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

Be strong.  Continue the good fight as long as you are able.  What you are doing is amazing…..

Thanks again for everything,
Sam

P.S.  I will return…”

Sam Abelson, MD at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. November 2011

Sam Abelson, MD at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-Au-Prince. November 2011

It is truly incredible to us at Project Medishare for Haiti that our grassroots operation has such a loyal and dedicated support base. It is because of your giving (of your time and of your monetary donations) that we are able to save lives in the beautiful country of Haiti.  On behalf of everyone at Project Medishare for Haiti, we thank each of YOU for allowing us to continue to carry out our mission.

THANK YOU & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Team Zaryen, Haiti’s amputee soccer team which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare, will be participating in the Haitian Inspiration Tour in the United States from October 16-October 22, 2011. The team will host soccer clinics for wounded U.S. soldiers, perform exhibits for Major League Soccer halftime shows and scrimmage against Connecticut high school students. A website featuring Team Zaryen’s Story, Tour schedule, Team information, Mission statement, News and Photos was just unveiled and you can check it out here!

The Team Zaryen Haitian Inspiration Tour schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 17, 2011:
Washington D.C
1-3pm: Amputee Soccer Clinic with service members (Walter Reed Army Medical Center)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011:
Washington D.C
10:30am-12 noon: Soccer Clinic at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
12:15-1:30pm: Demonstration Game Team Zaryen vs. American Amputee Soccer Team

Wednesday, October 19, 2011:
Washington D.C
10:30am-12 noon: Soccer Clinic at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
8pm: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers (Team Zaryen performs at half-time show)

Thursday, October 20, 2011:
Stamford, Connecticut
10:30am: Team Zaryen is welcomed to Connecticut by Governor Dannel P. Malloy
2pm: Demonstration with students at Trinity High School in Stamford, Conn.
Harrison, New Jersey
8pm: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union at the Red Bull Arena (Team Zaryen performs at half-time show)

Friday, October 21, 2011:
New York City Media events

We want to wish Wilfrid and Team Zaryen a successful tour next week. As always, please be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter feeds often to get up to date information on all things Project Medishare.

Thank you to Nike Soccer and Lynn Merritt for donating the awesome uniforms to Team Zaryen and to Perry Ellis for outfitting the members of  the team off the field!

This would not be possible without the help of the Knights of Columbus, thank you for your continued partnership with Project Medishare!

Team Zaryen

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EMPACT Northwest is a charitable organization comprised of medical professionals providing disaster relief, medical education and ongoing medical aid to communities in need. EMPACT NW partnered with Project Medishare for Haiti in the pursuit of providing emergency medical response and transportation for the sick and injured by identifying and educating Haitian EMT student candidates and educating the Haiti National Police and the general population in basic first aid.

EMPACT NW volunteers are specialized pre-hospital providers from the Pacific Northwest (PNW). EMPACT NW is also comprised of members who hold extensive backgrounds in firefighting, HAZ-MAT, chemical/biological weapons, auto extrication, building collapse, confined space, trench, high angle rescue, disaster/wilderness medicine, tactical/combat medicine, flight medicine, and communications.

The intent of EMPACT Northwest/EMPACT Haiti was to join their resources with Project Medishare and offer their expertise in creating a high quality, functional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program in Haiti. Besides creating an effective ambulance service, EMPACT NW believes that citizen involvement is critical to minimizing pre-hospital injury and death. They are committed to educating professional pre-hospital providers who will in turn be tasked with delivering basic first aid education to the public and government entities such as the Haitian National Police.

Among other goals, EMPACT Haiti is committed to providing 24 hour staffing for one of our generously donated ambulances, management and oversight by EMPACT NW staff of an EMS program and its volunteers and management and training of Haitian EMS students/translators. The training of Medishare staff as EMT’s incorporates all levels of staff in the capacity building of the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare as supported by the American Red Cross.

We are very pleased to announce that the first class graduated on September 20th, 2011! You can see photos from the Graduation Ceremony here! This class, the first graduates of this partnership and program of its kind in Haiti, will also rotate as EMS providers and work in our Triage Unit at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. A grant from the United Way Worldwide to Project Medishare played a major role in allowing for this group to graduate and will continue to influence the EMT program.

Armadeus Davidson PM, HCA-F, EMPACT Northwest Project Manager, EMPACT Haiti said it best; “It is an honor to serve the people of Haiti and we thank you for your participation.”

The 1st graduating class of EMT's in Haiti with the head of Haitian National Fire Service

 

A special thank you to EMPACT Northwest for your support of Project Medishare. Thank you to United Way Worldwide for your generous grant. Thank you again to the City of Miami Beach for donating the ambulances that our EMT’s will be using to save so many lives. And a big thank you to the American Red Cross for your continued commitment to our efforts to provide healthcare in Haiti.

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Allow us to introduce you to one of our young patients. Frantz is a 2-year-old boy who was abandoned at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Frantz was admitted to the hospital in early July for malnutrition and fever. His father said he would be back for his son but was admitted to a different hospital himself. Unfortunately, Project Medishare staff has not been able to reach him since.

Frantz is now a thriving and healthy young boy. He continues Physical Therapy everyday and receives lots of love from the families and volunteers in the pediatric department. One of the Project Medishare volunteers from this past week, Jill, gave Frantz a few new outfits and the adorable sunglasses he is wearing.

Frantz at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

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In July 2011, Jimmy arrived at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare exhibiting symptoms of a rare condition called myasthenia gravis. Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder, which involves the muscles and the nerves that control them. Our hospital staff and medical volunteers treated Jimmy. The volunteer group that week was from Eastern Health, an organization that went to Haiti with Project Medishare all the way from Newfoundland, Canada.

It was clear that Jimmy would not be able to leave our Intensive Care Unit due to needing intravenous medication every two and a half hours to control his condition. In the United States, myasthenia gravis is treated with a daily medication and patients lead very normal lives. In a third world country like Haiti, quality of life is much different with myasthenia gravis. In order to leave the hospital, Jimmy would need oral pyridostigmine, an expensive medication that is not available in Haiti. Without this medication, he would need to be an inpatient indefinitely. As a 21-year-old first-year medical student, this was a debilitating and heartbreaking realization.

Only two short weeks after the Canadian volunteer group returned home from Haiti, a one-year supply of oral pyridostigmine arrived at the Project Medishare warehouse in Miami, FL. The medication was delivered to Port-au-Prince that Saturday morning by our weekly volunteer staff.

The Intensive Care Unit coordinator at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, Judith, gave Jimmy the medication and explained to him that with the medicine he would be able to return home and lead a normal life. Jimmy had been ill since April and was near death just a few short weeks ago. When he was asked what the first thing he wanted to do when he left the hospital, Jimmy stated, “return to medical school.”  None of the hospital staff had known he was a medical student until that moment.

Jimmy wanted us to extend his sincere thanks to the Canadian group who, by sending this medication, gave him the gift of continuing to live his life and allowing a (future) fellow doctor graduate in a country much in need of medical personnel.

Jimmy with his mother at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

The hospital staff sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family. And again, thank you to the Eastern Health Canadian team for sending us pyridostigmine.

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DENVER, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Team Zaryen, Port-au-Prince’s amputee soccer team, will tour the United States this fall, running soccer clinics for wounded members of the U.S. military and focusing attention on the great strides being made by those with disabilities in Haiti.

The tour will be co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare, who co-founded “Healing Haiti’s Children” – a program that has made prosthetics available to every child who lost a limb in last year’s earthquake in Port-au-Prince. All of the players on Team Zaryen have received prosthetics courtesy of this program. The earthquake in Haiti last year left thousands of amputees in its wake – many of them children and young adults.

The team and its U.S. tour are some of many positive results to have come from the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program. The program makes a multi-year course of prosthetic care and physical therapy available to every child who lost a limb as a result of the earthquake. Included in the rehabilitation is the “Return to Sport” program where Team Zaryen coaches children and youth in this fast-paced sport so that they too can enjoy the fun and excitement of sport and learn to lead normal lives.

The Knights of Columbus have committed more than $1 million to the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program through Project Medishare, which runs the premier hospital for amputees in Haiti.

“The Knights of Columbus is honored to be able to be able to help transform the lives of children and young people in Haiti and to bring healing and hope to some of the neediest people in our hemisphere,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We are very happy to have the members of Team Zaryen, who have overcome so much, with us at our convention.”

“Following the earthquake, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the people of the United States, much of it coordinated by America’s armed forces,” said Dr. Bob Gailey, director of rehabilitation services for Project Medishare. “Team Zaryen is now looking to return the favor by running clinics for wounded American service members this fall in the United States, and we are honored to be working together with the Knights of Columbus to assist these young people in Haiti and to be providing these clinics for the U.S. military.”

A key reason for forming the soccer team was to change attitudes in Haiti and to help remove the negative stigma associated with being an amputee in Haitian society. The members of Team Zaryen believe their example will prove to the youth of their nation that despite any handicap, there are no limits to what an individual, a team, or a nation can achieve.

Project Medishare for Haiti was founded in 1994 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier when they assembled the first team of faculty from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Nursing to assess the health status of Haitians and explore ways of rebuilding their healthcare infrastructure in a long term and meaningful way.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, with more than 1.8 million members around the world. Last year they donated more than $154 million to charity and donated more than 70 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.

Representatives from Team Zaryen with Jason Miller & Dr. Bob Gailey, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Project Medishare, at the Knights of Columbus 129th annual Supreme Convention in Denver, CO.

Special thanks to Perry Ellis for outfitting Team Zaryen for the US tour!

This article can be found on the PRNewswire by clicking here!

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Project Medishare for Haiti would like to thank the pediatric team from Nemours for joining us at Hospital Bernard Mevs. Nemours is a Children’s Health System. Their Mission is “to provide leadership, institutions and services to restore and improve the health of children through care and programs not readily available, with one high standard of quality and distinction regardless of the recipient’s financial status.” The team that came to Hospital Bernard Mevs traveled from the Nemours hospital in Delaware. They brought down a team of six nurses, two doctors and a Respiratory Therapist. Some members of the team were actually at the Project Medishare field hospital last year. They plan on sending two more teams down to Bernard Mevs this year. The team was made up of Beth Moore, RN, Joey Muller, RN, Gail Gallagher, RN, Debra Miller, RN, Sandy Glenn-Vernon, RN, Becky Schorn, RN, Amy Renwick, MD, Edward Cullen, MD, Suzanne Moon, RT.

Suzanne Moon, RT spent a lot of time teaching Ms. Blanchard, one of the Haitian nurses training in pediatric critical care, how to use the ventilator and the different types of ventilation used in pediatrics. The rest of the team was working side by side with the Haitian nurses training them in neonatal and pediatric critical care. The team has also gathered a lot of donated supplies that they have brought to Haiti and will continue to bring more on their next two trips.

Nemours founder, Alfred I. duPont firmly believed that “it is the duty of everyone in the world to do what is within his power to alleviate human suffering.” Mr. duPont’s words and his legacy of compassion have lived on for more than 70 years through the care and services provided to children and families at Nemours. The care and services have now been shared with our staff and in turn our patients in Haiti.

Suzanne Moon, RT from Nemours training Haitian nurse, Ms. Blanchard on a pediatric ventilator.

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