Helping Haiti's Smallest Victims

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While teams continue to get aid to earthquake survivors in Haiti, doctors and nurses are working to provide the medical care desperately needed in the country.

One clinic is working with CBN's Operation Blessing International to help some of the most vulnerable victims.

David Darg is the director of International Disaster Relief and Special Projects for Operation Blessing International and is part of their team currently in Haiti.  Click here to read his blog.

Hope Amidst Devastation

Amid the chaos of the Haitian crisis, the Love A Child medical clinic, supported in part by Operation Blessing, began its response immediately.

Escaping the devastation relatively unscathed, the center has provided medical aid for hundreds of people fleeing from Port au Prince, who are in a desperate search for any kind of help.

Sherry Burnette, the clinic's director, described some of the quake victims injuries.

"We've got at guy here who's severely burned, I mean, burns all over the lower part of his body," she said. "We've got a lady who probably her leg is going to have to be amputated, she is in such bad condition."

"One little boy almost didn't make it today," Burnette said. "He had his leg amputated, but he was losing it. He's losing blood, and they just ran with him."

The scene has been repeated multiple times over the course of the past five days. A truckload of refugees arrives at the clinic. A quick evaluation takes place. One little boy is rushed to the hospital in Jamani, just over the border in the Dominican Republic. The boy's mother sings a prayer of desperation.

Chaos reigns upon the boy's arrival at the hospital. The overflow of refugees needing quick assistance overwhelms the senses. A short time later, the boy dies.

Meanwhile, back at the clinic, Carol Stufflebeam, a medical administrator, described another tragic story.

"We see where mothers come in that where one child has lived and under the same cement, the rest of the family has not," Stufflebeam said.

"And so we see the impact of numbness that goes into reality," she said. "That they have their time of mourning and yet having to continue on, because they've got the child that is so critical."

The 24-hour care goes beyond simply providing medical support. At this clinic, prayer plays a vital role in the relief effort.

Director Bobby Burnette told CBN News how they decide whom to help.

"You can just look at the person, in pain and broken bodies, and know automatically - that person needs help," Burnette said. "When you show them the love of God and you show them care and love and someone is helping them, you give them hope. And that's what Haitians need. They need hope."

Daniel Jean Louis, a Love A Child Ministries staff member, said "I know that God, He himself, is our hope. Because it says 'In spite of all, He will make a way, where there seems to be no way.' You see, that is hope, that is hope."

*Originally published January 22, 2010.

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