Israeli Docs, Charity Aid Ailing Quake Victims

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As thousands of Haiti's earthquake victims are facing illness and infection, doctors are scarce.

In response, CBN'S Operation Blessing has joined forces with a team of Israeli doctors to bring urgently needed medical care.

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

Doctors in Short Supply

Hundreds of earthquake victims crowd what was once a quiet garden at National Hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Some of the children scream in pain, while others are too tired or weak to cry. A few of the patients have friends or relatives who bring them food and drink - but many do not.

Earthquake survivor Jean Claude Maxom says he hasn't eaten since he came to the hospital.

"I've been here four days," he said. "I haven't seen a doctor yet."

The hospital is short of both the doctors and the medical supplies it needs to treat the more than 1,500 patients seeking help at the facility. But Operation Blessing is helping to change that by working with a team of doctors from Israel.

Doctors Gady Sadovski and Richard Jean Baptiste are volunteers with the Israeli relief organization IsraAID who came to Haiti just days after the quake hit. They brought only themselves, but Operation Blessing took care of the rest.

"We had our experience from Israel with the previous trauma that we had. But this is beyond imagination," Dr. Sadovski said.

Dr. Baptiste added, "It's a real blessing for those people from Israel coming down here to provide for supplies."

Coordinating with local hospitals, Operation Blessing helped the doctors find a place to work and get set up.

"When we started three hours ago the first thing we do is go to the pharmacy and try to locate all the needles, all the sutures, everything," Sadovski explained.

Operation Blessing is also working on providing badly needed medical supplies.

"We keep on getting them and they are all four days now since the original things happened," Sadovski said. "So there is a lot of infection, a lot of swelling, necroses all over - and some amputation is imperative - so we try to do as good as possible and we try to help.

So through the partnership of a Christian relief agency and Israeli doctors these patients have the medical care they need to survive.

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