Haiti Blog

Day 5 in Haiti

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  The NAVMC team landed in Port-au-Prince 5 days ago, and it has been non-stop since. From day one, this trip has been different. In recent weeks, President Jovenal Moïse has been implicated in two government audits on the misuse of billions of dollars in Venezuelan aid meant to help the country’s poor.  Thousands of […]

December 2018 – Trip Summary

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Molhenne was supposed to die.  When our medical team left Haiti in December 2017, her blood count was insufficient to sustain life especially in someone who had just lost both of her legs.  She has been HIV positive since birth and medications had kept the virus at bay.  At 17 years old she presented to […]

Happy Holidays from Haiti

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NAVMC has just returned from its 3rd trip to Haiti this year.  Attached is a trip summary.  We wanted to share with you our successes from Haiti understanding that this is only one part of the work that we are doing locally and globally. If you have already given to help support this work, we […]

Coming Home

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There are 10 of us crammed into the “ambulance” as we speed through Port-au-Prince this morning dodging the fires that still burn in the streets. We are one of the few vehicles on what are normally jam-packed roads in the city.  AMBULANCE is written on the side of the van which gets us through several […]

Day 3 in Haiti

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Today has been a day of rest and unrest.  We are safe in the compound around Adventiste Hospital resting after a long and stressful day yesterday.  The streets of Port-au-Prince are filled with burning tires and the air is black over the city.  In the distance we can hear occasional gunfire and protesters screaming.  A […]

Day 2 in Haiti

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At eight o’clock tonight, Rose was wheeled out of the operating room, tumor-less.  It took us 8 to 9 hours to complete the surgery.  As far as we can tell, we removed all the tumor and if so she has the chance to have a functional arm for the rest of her life.  She wants […]

Day 1 in Haiti

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The team has arrived at Adventiste Hospital in Port-au Prince. Rose is resting with her family in the hospital awaiting surgery tomorrow.  She is nervous and excited for the opportunity to be rid of the mass that has enveloped her arm for the last two years.  Dr Lee Zuckerman is prepared to tackle this tumor […]

July Fourth in Haiti

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The tumor on Rose’s right arm now is the size of a large cantelope.  Despite the size and the open wounds it has created, her hand function is near normal.  Tomorrow she will be admitted to Adventiste hospital in Port-au-Prince and on Friday we hope to remove the tumor and save her hand.  Sitting on […]

Haiti Last Day

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Large balloons with glow lights inside bounced over the heads of the 50 children at Renmen orphanage last night, suspended in the air by little hands reaching for the sky.  The courtyard was vibrant with the screams of delight as they ran around hand in hand with the volunteers. Our trips always end with a […]

Haiti Day#5

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Genese’s smile would light up the earth on a cloudy day.  She came running up to Dr Hippolyte and me and gave me an embrace that brought tears to my eyes.  She lost everything to Hurricane Matthew which ravaged Haiti in October 2016.  Hundreds maybe thousands died, including her husband and young child.  Her house […]