Charity Aid Group Brings Medical Supplies to Haiti

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PORT AU PRINCE, Hati -- Doctors from around the world are making their way to Haiti to volunteer their time and talent to save lives.

However, the difficult job could be next to impossible if they didn't have the right tools, medicines and supplies.

Growing Needs, Limited Supplies

The thermometer shows the temperature is above 90 degrees and it's even hotter inside the tents that now serve as the Port-au-Prince General Hospital.

In this makeshift setting, Dr. Winston Price cares for the youngest victims of Haiti's earthquake. It is day three for the New York doctor who volunteered to head the pediatric unit.

"It gets better every day," Price said. "We are always hopeful each day that we are going to be doing better. But it's amazing that there are still victims coming down from the mountains for the first look at their injuries."

The children in one tent are being treated for burns, cuts and even lost limbs. In just three days, 22 filled beds have now grown to 80.

"With the limited resources, it hampers our ability to respond effectively," Dr. Price said.

But while the good doctor does the best with what he has, CBN's Operation Blessing International prepared to give him more, filling a truck with medical supplies.

In a little more than 20 minutes, volunteers unloaded the boxes at the hospital's clinic.

"The idea is to put the supplies in the hands of the experts who can use it to save lives, and this is a time critical issue," explained Dr. Liviu Vedrasco of the International Medical Corps.

Dr. Vedrasco was appreciative for each box that rolled off the truck. He was the first and only doctor at the hospital for first 27 hours after the earthquake. During that time, he saw 700 patients.

"It's a huge tragedy," Dr. Vedrasco said. "But it does not mean it cannot be turned into an opportunity a global opportunity to learn lessons to prepare all governments of the world for events like this."

Food and water are two critical supplies necessary to recover from the disaster. Operation Blessing installed a water filtration system at the hospital just days after the earthquake.

Packets of baby food have arrived and just in the nick of time, doctors said.

"God bless you," said a grateful Dr. Price. "Baby formula was few and far between. We had three infants born within a matter of seven minutes yesterday."

For three newborns with no formula, needles and IVs are used to give them the nutrients they need to survive and grow.

A Generation of Amputees

Then there are older children at the hospital who face a life-long problem in learning to deal with the loss of a limb.

"He has got braces now that he was supplied with, but they are too small for him and we really don't have the resources and specialist to come and teach them on a daily basis," Price said of one amputee.

For now, Dr. Price has begun giving lessons on how to walk with crutches. It is another item more children will need as a part of Haiti's new earthquake amputee generation.

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