News: College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jan 11 2011

NYCOM Students Join Alumnus for Haiti Relief Effort

Frederick Davis, D.O., (Class of 2007), (left) 3rd year Resident in Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan, traveled to Haiti with his fiance Danielle Turrin, OMSIII, Academic Medicine Scholar (center) and their friend Tim Hegeman, OMSIII, Academic Medicine Scholar (right). In conjunction with a group called Heart to Heart International, these three medically trained humanitarians offered their support from November 8-13, treating over one hundred patients per day in a Port Au Prince based clinic.

Following the January 12, 2010 (7.0) earthquake, residents of this devastated area experienced 52 aftershocks of 4.5 or greater magnitude. Three million people were affected and over 230,000 Haitians died. On November 5, 2010 seven people died when Hurricane Tomas lashed through Haiti.

According to Dr. Davis, “Cholera was announced on November 10th while we were in Haiti and, as of November 14, I was informed that 17,418 people were hospitalized and 1,065 died from cholera. We treated cases including Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Pott's Disease, Omphalitis, Staph Infections, Burns, Urinary Retention, Pneumonia, Hypertension, Diabetes, Reactive Airway, Pregnancy, Arthritis, Scabies and Vaginitis. Although the clinic was limited in equipment and testing supplies we were able to do procedures like IVs, incision and drainage, suprapubic catherizations and wound debridement.”

Tent cities were established around the capital building and stretched for long dis-tances around the airport of Port Au Prince. Tents were donated from various countries and bore their flags. China, the USA and organizations like the United Na-tions contributed funds and supplies to the devastated country.

Port a Potties were set up on the edges of these communities and latrines were being built. A water truck would distribute water to those that had buckets to fill. Dr. Davis noted, “There was a lot of run off of water into the streets from those washing food or themselves. Garbage was in piled on corners waiting for collection. After such devastation, it was a wonderful experience to see the perseverance of the human spirit. Amidst the destruction, life was still taking place. The inhabitants were so pleasant and thankful for what little we could do.”

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