Early this morning, before the sun was up, a taptap was driving down the road. The roads in Haiti can be particularly hectic. Trucks, cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and even the occasional cow or chicken., A large truck full of rocks was broken down on the side of the road. The full taptap, transporting people to town despite not having headlights, hit the back of a large truck full of rocks going full speed. The taptap was in pieces. 17 people had been inside.
This happened within site of the gate of HCBH.
Each patient was brought to the free-standing Emergency Department at HCBH. They were triaged, and some were transported to other hospitals, as the physicians deemed medically necessary. By 8 am, the medical director was on site, patients who needed it had received xrays, labs, been stabilized, and the orthopedist was busy setting a patient’s dislocated shoulder.
Imagine, 1 year ago, each patient would have had to be transported nearly 45 minutes one-way to receive a simple xray.
2 years ago, the Emergency Department staff were working in the same space as internal medicine, extremely limited on beds and equipment.
Even this year, there are now 2 operating theaters that can be used to treat patients.
HHA, in partnership with groups like the UN, Konbit Sante, The Haiti Health Trust, the Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation, and the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation made this happen.
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