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 […]

Ultrasound Machine

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In March, NAVMC’s board approved $2500 toward a new ultrasound unit for the clinic in Palacios, Centro Medico Humberto Parra. The unit just arrived and they shared some great photos of the staff posing with it. This ultrasound will not just be used in the care of pregnant women. Ultrasound in Bolivia is used to diagnose […]

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 […]

Haiti Day #4

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Natacha shattered her ankle 2 weeks ago.  She has been in a hospital in Port-au-Prince since then lying in bed with 8 other women in the woman’s ward, awaiting our arrival, no finances to afford the repair she needed to allow her to walk again.  Here at home, she would have had surgery and been […]

Day #3 in Haiti

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Charles’ thigh was crushed in a motorcycle accident 6 months ago.  He was able to find the funds to have it fixed then.  Six months later he is still in a hospital lying in the men’s ward with 8 others.  He has been bedridden since then swatting flies and struggling with the heat and humidity […]