A team of 10 NAVMC volunteers travelled to Haiti to work at Hopital Bernard Mews in Port-au-Prince. We performed 12 Orthopedic procedures repairing fractures with surgical implants provided by NAVMC and supplies provided by Flagstaff Medical Center. We were joined by residents in orthopedics, general surgery and anesthesia.
The highlight of the trip for me was treating a 14 year old boy who had sustained a hip fracture 2 weeks before our arrival. No one in Haiti could fix it. Our team was able to find the implants to repair his hip. He now has the opportunity to walk again! We performed 10 General Surgery procedures including repairs on two little boys from the Renmen orphanage. The team, working with local orthopedic residents, also sorted out the orthopedic equipment at the hospital. This has not been done since the earthquake. We were joined by an electrical engineer from Flagstaff who is helping to plan the rewiring of the Renmen Orphanage. Their electrical system has not been functioning properly since the earthquake.
The last day of the trip was spent at the Renmen Orphanage where we spent time with the 50 children living there. We had the opportunity to talk to the kids that we are sending to University in Port-au-Prince. Two girls are in nursing school and one graduated from a 4 year program while we were there. One girl is attending Notre Dame school of Law, and another is studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. The oldest boy is in a 3 year plumbing school. Since our involvement at Renmen, all of the eligible kids have graduated from high school. This in a country where prior to the earthquake 60% of school age children did not go to school and of those that did, only 10% went on to high school. The last evening was a night of dancing with the kids. A special treat for all.
Orthopedic Residents: Pierre Wooley, Paul St Jean, Christina Dejean, Marc Alain Pean, Kens, Phillipe Peterly.