|49th AHDH Mission
November 12th through 28th, 2010
|Eight volunteers departed Miami for Port au Prince,the flight to Jacmel and the ride to Ridore, full of anticipation.
What changes had occurred? Would we find cholera patients in Ridore? How were our Haitian friends?
We soon made our way across the still flooded
river (Hurricane Tomas) and up the road to
La Vallee where we were joined by Dr. Philippe,
three nurses from the Leogane FSIL nursing
school and the St. Joseph Hospital staff
Dr. Samm, Anesthesiologist - Diane, Surgical Nurse - Jack,, Engineer
Evangela, Pre&Post Op Nurse - Mike, Sonographer - Dr. Rene, OB/Gyn, Surgeon
Dr. Alicia, OB/Gyn, Surgeon - Not Shown is Jeane, Photographer
Not Shown is Dr. Philippe
After some clean-up and preparation, Hospital St. Joseph
was ready for clinical and surgical services. The people
were ready as well and came in large numbers every day.
Obstetrics and Gynecology services were
provided by Dr. Rene and Dr. Alicia
Dr. Alicia assists a new life into the world
The Surgery Team In Action
Dr. Alicia, OB, Gyn, Surgeon
Dr. Charles Rene, OB, Gyn, Surgeon
|Dr. Philippe, General Surgeon
In Prayer Before Surgery
|Dr. Samm, Anesthesiologist
|Mike, Ultrasound Guidance
The 49th Mission Surgery Team
The Nursing & Clinical Support Team
Fabiola, Muzak - Paul Nice, FSIL - Claudine, FSIL
R.N. students from the Faculte des Sciences Infirmieres a Leogane
(www.haitinursing.org) were again invited to work with AHDH
Jeane, Photographer, With Children In Jacmel
Jack, Engineer, Repairs Oxygen Cylinder For Surgery
Desiree, Musician, Volunteer With Dr. Rene
Mike, Sonographer, Performs Exam For A Patient
Cholera In La Vallee
La Vallee received its first Cholera patient on Tuesday, November 16th.
The staff quickly erected the hospital tent to receive patients. The tent
had been removed and stored after being used during the earthquake .
In Haiti, beyond every mountain is another mountain, and beyond every
crisis is another crisis. Thankfully, we were quickly prepared.
We know there will be more Cholera patients, so in preparation more tents are erected.
CODEVA and AHDH recently acquired this property adjacent to the hospital. It is
planned to allow for expansion of clinical services (outpatient clinics, dialysis, etc) and
as space for rapid crisis response with outdoor hospital care (earthquake, isolation area).
The problem now is to find physicians and nurses to staff the hospital. The interns who
have been working here have left, as their assignment at St. Joseph Hospital has ended.
|The Miracle of Healing Cholera
Our patients have returned home after a few days of aggressive care.
The first Cholera patient shares her joy of recovery with us.
|Help From Our Friends
Our well intentioned work would be difficult or impossible without the help we receive
from our Haitian partners and friends
Patient with Ectopic Pregnancy (outside the Eight year old boy with perforated bowel
uterus). The first surgery of this kind was secondary to Typhoid. Surgery during the
performed during the 2010 June Mission 2010 June Mission saved his life
CODEVA is an organization started by previous generations with the dream of
improving the community for the benefit of all. Hospital St. Joseph itself was built by
the people of La Vallee. AHDH is proud to partner with such ambitious compatriots.
|A Couple Of Miracles From Previous Missions
Patients Return To Visit Us
Theodore, CODEVA President with
Jack, Engineer, and Dr. Charles Rene
CODEVA and AHDH representatives
meet at St. John The Baptist Church
All of the volunteers wish they could stay longer, because there is
always more work to be done, more people to serve, and more fun to be
had with our friends. But time runs out and we must prepare to leave,
ready to return for the next mission, full once again of anticipation.
The plane arrives and we say, "A la prochaine" - "Until Next Time"
God Bless Haiti
We work hard on these missions, and the people of La Vallee are very grateful.
Seeing the joy in the faces of the people we help, or a youngster awakening from
surgery to say he has been praying for us can melt your heart and change your life
forever. These many small miracles are what makes all of our effort worthwhile.
Some of our friends invite us into their homes to sit and visit, or share coffee or
freshly prepared juices, and wonderful Haitian food and music.
Evens and the AHDH 49th Mission Volunteers
|All Aboard For Port au Prince