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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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We would like to take the opportunity to simply say “Thank You”. Thank you to all of our volunteers, staff, donors and supporters. It is because of you that we have been able to continue to save lives and improve lives in Haiti. It is because of you that we are able to train Haitian physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. It is because of you that we are able to continue our quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all in Haiti. It is because of you that children in Haiti, like the ones pictured below, have the opportunity to smile. Thank you for supporting and continuing to support Project Medishare for Haiti.

Children at a Project Medishare clinic in the Central Plateau. Photo by Omar Vega

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Our local medical staff and volunteers, along with some of the people we serve would like to send you happy holiday greetings. To view their message click on the video above or click here.

Thank you for all you’ve already done and, in advance, for all you’ll do. Your generosity means the world to the people of Haiti!

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Nurse Michelle Chacon and physical therapist Mahera Jeevanjee help Vincent walk a few steps to and from his bed. Vincent couldn't stand three days before after having surgery as a result of his ruptured gall bladder. Vincent smiles at Michelle and Mahera each time they come into the pediatric ward. The two volunteers come in and visit him in the evening to check on him. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Eleven-year-old Vincent was brought into the Project Medishare Hospital at the beginning of the week with a ruptured gall bladder and advanced typhoid. He needed surgery immediately.

“Tuesday he was in the ICU and he couldn’t stand,” Michelle Chacon, a volunteer nurse from Missouri said. “He told me that night that he thought he was going to die.”

Michelle said that Vincent had lost his brother recently to malaria and was afraid that he would face a similar fate.

On Thursday, he stood for the first time. Today, Vincent took small steps to begin strengthening his legs. He is eating and gaining energy slowly.

Mahera Jeevanjee, a volunteer physical therapist from Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, has been working with Vincent to encourage movement and to strengthen his thin arms and legs.

Using a soccer ball, Mahera and Vincent toss the ball back and forth to each other. After walking a few steps to and from his bed, Mahera gently kicks the soccer ball to the little boy and slowly he kicks it back.

The two volunteers said that Vincent smiles big when they come into the ward. Both Michelle and Mahera come visit Vincent during their off time.

“He’s our little buddy,” Michelle said. “We like to come in and make sure he is alright.”

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