The first team consisted of several veterans (YA”LL ROCK!!!!) as well as volunteers from FL, CA and NY. We missed Dr Woodie so much, and are thankful he is doing well! Without Dr Woodie’s passion, foresight and love for the people of Haiti, none of this would be in existence. The team had tons of fun in spite of the gravity of our days in clinic. The first patient we saw was a 2 year old victim of a horrible motorcycle accident which happened right in front of the clinic as it was opening. We thought we had lost him……. Our amazing team of EMTs and first responders brought the child in, stabilized him and our Physician was able to suture his large head wound Miraculously, hours later the child left in the arms of his Father. We provided follow-up care and his sutures were removed at the end of the 2nd week. His x-ray showed no further injuries. The team worked from 9AM to dark 4 days in a row seeing 150+ patients daily. Christina one of our fabulous RNs had a dear friend with whom she had trained and worked in NY . Patricia is Haitian and recently moved back to PAP, she offered to come work with our team. Patricia is an angel who came into our clinic with grace, intelligence, and compassion and of course fluent creole! She was with us for 3 days and came back the 2nd week to give back to her people. Hopefully Patricia will be a stable force in our future teams!! Our trip to the orphanage (the truck made it to the top!!! Betie is an amazing driver!!!!) was wonderful but heart wrenching. The children are sweet, respectful and beautiful as always but unfortunately they are literally starving. Things have deteriorated to a devastating level, we will be posting a donation site soon. ..
Team 2 came on Monday with great enthusiasm and energy. Our veteran team member Collin put together this team of PA students as well as an MD and DPM from Stonybrook. Patrick, a PA living in NY joined us, he is Haitian and a great asset. Dr Shoflick a dentist from Connecticut agreed to accompany his daughter on the trip. The team, through grants was able to hire a local Dentist for 4 days and the two worked together with unbelievable talent, energy and efficiency. The villagers had not seen a dentist in many years and most had never had the opportunity for dental care. They saw 300+ patients, extracted 100’s of abscessed teeth and made a huge impact. The medical team saw and responded to all levels of care from current CVAs to chronic wounds with lots of babies and pregnant women!! Fluoride varnish treatments were provided to most patients, as well as worm treatments for the children. The Stonybrook team went into the classrooms during school and did a short and well received hand washing class, they also taught dental hygiene classes and every patient going through the clinic received tooth brushes and toothpaste for their families! Nico lead us up the mountain to visit villages where there has never been access to health care. The team provided what minimal care we were able as well as some follow-up care in the clinic that afternoon.
We return home with full but heavy hearts, bearing many burdens and feeling like we only scratched the surface of the needs of these people who we love so dearly. Dr Woodie says it is like “moving a beach one spoonful of sand at a time” We touch many lives and they touch ours and give us back more than we can imagine. God Bless our hosts Pastor Nathan and the Bethel foundation, our staff, cooks, Tutu, and Claude. Also our translators Moses, Smyth, John and Schniederson and especially our returning team of wise, kind and talented translators, Mariot, Rochele and Whiler. We love you guys!!
Please visit our website for future mission dates. At this time we have a mission confirmed for July 4-12 and Oct, and Dec dates to be finalized. There are openings on all teams.
Gail Braun R.N