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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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Port Au Prince, Haiti (Thursday, April 14, 2011) – In recognition of the ongoing commitment of the American Red Cross to Haiti, an American Red Cross National Board of Governors member and her husband have agreed to donate funds to construct a lifesaving 5 bed pediatric respiratory unit and purchase a Digital X-ray Machine for Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This 5 bed pediatric respiratory unit will be built as an addition to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit currently operating at the hospital, and will provide a sterile environment to house the most critically ill children and infants who remain on ventilator support.

“After the catastrophic earthquake in January, we treated tens of thousands of Haitians; and continue today to treat as many critically ill and injured patients as any major metropolitan medical center in the United States,” said Dr. Barth Green, the Co-Founder and President of Project Medishare. Green continued, “This generous donation will enable the hospital to continue the lifesaving work and patient care for the most critically ill and injured adults, infants and children in Haiti. We are so grateful to the American Red Cross and to this family foundation for their support.”

Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the general public, and it remains the only Critical Care and Trauma Hospital in Haiti. In the last six months alone thanks to the support of the American Red Cross grant, this hospital has been able to treat over 50,000 patients and perform thousands of lifesaving operations. Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare employs over 200 Haitian staff including allied healthcare professionals and support staff. They are joined by a dozen full time international staff that provide specialized services, including an on-the-job mentoring program to build capacity in the healthcare sector in Haiti.

A young patient in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

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By Saray Stayer and Valerie Libby*

Our day began winding through the dirt roads of an unknown country as we made our way to LaHoye clinic in Casse. We drove past vibrantly painted, boarded shacks, beautiful mountains (though sadly barren of trees and birds), and corner stores consisting of little more than a crooked, wooden table full of goods. However, as we approached our destination, the barren landscape turned into vibrant energy full of Haitians carrying their goods on their beasts or their heads as they made their weekly trip to the market. Despite the lack of shoes, muddy roads, and long treks, these people seemed impervious to any obstacle.

Women on their way to market. Central Plateau, Haiti.

Our mobile clinic team began to triage patients towards one of three areas: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Ob-Gyn. We learned not only of our patient’s illnesses, but also of their lives. One woman in particular had unforgettably sad eyes and came to us complaining of neck pain-a result of the weight of the water she carries on her head daily. We realized, however, her greater problem was feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders. She was a middle-aged schoolteacher for first and second graders and a mother of five children. She hadn’t been paid her salary in the past two months and she had a husband who was never home. While explaining her situation to us, tears began to well up in her eyes. As our attention turned into sympathy, she remembered her strength and proudly declared, “I can work a hoe!”

This lady exemplifies the resilience of the Haitian people. Despite all of the hardships, they utilize their resources, take pride in their energy and try to lead vibrant and fulfilling lives. We are proud to serve such an inspiring people through Project Medishare.

*Saray Stayer is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Valerie Libby is a 1st year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and are spending this week working with Project Medishare’s Haitian medical staff during mobile clinics and home visits. This is their first trip to Haiti.

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