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  Children's National Assists in Haiti
January 20, 2010

Haiti Disaster Relief Center
Helpful Information for Parents

Get a first hand look at how doctors from Children’s National are helping in Haiti. Some content on this page is mildly graphic.

Children's National Assists in Haiti

Several medical professionals from Children’s National Medical Center have been assisting with the relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Rotating teams of pediatric orthopaedic surgery specialists have been making weekly trips to Haiti. During the week of January 17, two orthopaedic surgeons, John Lovejoy, III, MD, and Edward Fink, MD, along with physician assistant Kim O’Brien, and nurse Stephanie Gano traveled to Haiti to assist pediatric patients. Last week, orthopaedic surgeon Jeff Hanway, MD, and physician assistant Rebecca Radcliffe, traveled to Haiti to assist in the relief efforts. Dr. Lovejoy plans to return to Haiti during the week of February 14.

While in Haiti, the team from Children's National operates out of Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC), the largest private hospital in the north of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, approximately 70 miles from Port-au-Prince, the hospital has 73 beds. The team from Children’s National is with the Massachusetts-based nonprofit CRUDEM (Center for the Rural Development of Milot), which runs the hospital.

During one day alone, the team treated more than 300 patients and performed 24 operations in two operating rooms. Helicopters from the Coast Guard have been transporting patients every 20-30 minutes reports Dr. Lovejoy. 

“Most patients have been triaged in the field or on the Coast Guard choppers,” reports Dr. Lovejoy. “Most of the surgeries have been open fractures, some head and spine injuries, and a lot of gangrene.”

In addition to the orthopaedic team, Shawn Safford, MD, a general and thoracic surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center, is aboard the USS Comfort that is part of the rescue mission in Haiti.

Photos and a video of the team are available.

Media note: Team members available for media interviews. Contact Children’s National Public Relations team at 202.476.4500.

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