Doctors Set Up in Dominican Republic for Haitians

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JIMANI, Dominican Republic - Just across Haiti's border in the Dominican Republic a hospital has opened its doors to those injured by this month's earthquake.

CBN's Operation Blessing has dispatched a team of surgeons from El Salvador to help meet the overwhelming need.

There is a back log at Haiti's border with relief supplies rolling in and people trying to make their into the Dominican Republic in search of relief.

"You feel that the people [are] suffering and you suffer with them, especially if they are kids." said Dr. Ruben Elias of Operation Blessing. "This touches your heart.

Elias is helping to ease suffering at the general hospital Melenciano.

He and a team of eight surgeons are with Operation Blessing. They've traveled to spend a week treating people who spent hours and days trapped beneath rubble.

"I think we need to share the love we have received from the Lord and share it with the people," Dr. Rolando Tejada said. "That is why we left my country."

There are patients in every corner of the hospital who need that love and medical treatment. Dr. jose angel is leading the team.

"It is very, very sad when people are calling you and you are not able to attend that calling because you are seeing other patients," he said.

More than a week after the earthquake, there are still new patients arriving at the hospital every day-- so fast, there isn't enough room on the inside to contain them. They have taken to placing them just beyond a curtain on the outside for care.

"It really breaks your heart when you see the people suffering, resting in the floor," one volunteer shared. "They don't have beds so they need to stay on the floor. They need desperately, some medical attention."

This isn't an easy job.

"We feel that God is calling us to help the people in any part of the world," another said. "So all of us need to feel that calling of God."

And its a call the doctors hear even above the painful cries of patients.

*Originally aired January 22, 2010. 

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