Local Doctors Return from Mission in Haiti
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A group of doctors who left for Haiti last week, is back, and the doctors say Haiti has been devastated.
Dr. Jim Sanders and a team of doctors with the University of Rochester Medical Center traveled to Haiti with the Christian not-for-profit group "Cure International." The doctors spent most of their time at a hospital in Haiti in the operating room or taking care of patients in the ward.
"A lot of it is indescribable. People are laying everywhere on the floor, their family members sleeping on cardboard next to their beds," said Dr. Dawn Sweeney. "There was no food for the patients the first couple of days we were there."
"The operating rooms were very different from Rochester. We were doing all the different parts of the operations from cleaning the instruments to carrying the patients into the room, to actually performing the operation. It was different from here. But we had a good team and hopefully we helped some folks," said Dr. Jon Gabel.
"Haiti needs help and it's going to be a long term thing and the short term things that we've done are a drop in the bucket compared to what's going to have to happen in the future," said Dr. James Sanders.
The doctors say they slept in tents on the hospital roof, but say they were still luckier than most because they had food to eat and water to drink.