North Texas Doctors Help Rescue Efforts in Haiti

Health Care team heads to Haiti

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    A boy lies with a broken arm at an outdoor recovery ward outside the morgue and main hospital on January 15, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti is trying to recover from a powerful 7.0-strong earthquake that struck and devastated the nation on January 12.

    Even with a handful of travel issues, a team of North Texas doctors were able to plan and execute a trip to Haiti in less than 48 hours. That team took off early Saturday morning and landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at 1:00 p.m.

    The doctors said after seeing the horrific images on TV, they knew they had to help.

    "I just couldn't say no, this was something I felt I had to do," said Dr. David Serota.

    As the group from Forest Park Medical Center hugged their families good-bye and boarded a plane for Haiti, they said they were bracing themselves for anything.

    Doctors Leave for Haiti

    [DFW] Doctors Leave for Haiti
    A group of doctors and nurses from Forest Park Medical Center left to help with the relief efforts in Haiti. (Published Sunday, Jan 17, 2010)

    "I’m pretty sure this is going to be different from anything we've ever experienced and I imagine there will be a little bit of shock but we'll just have to shake it off and get in the game," said Dr. Richard Toussaint, who headed up the mission.

    The doctors plan to work non-stop for 36 hours once they get to Haiti.

    "Hopefully we can relieve a little bit of suffering, there's an awful lot of suffering down there," said Dr. Jim Davidson.

    Even though they've packed a ton of supplies the team realizes they won't have everything they need.

    "We'll manage, we'll work around it. We're there to save lives and the sooner we get there the quicker we can get that done," said Toussaint.

    The group of 24 doctors and nurses also brought a search and rescue crew along to help find the wounded.

    "They'll let us know when they come across somebody and we'll send a medical team out," said Toussaint.

    A hospital in Cap-Haitian, north of the disaster area, contacted the team and told them they had running water and electricity, but needed doctors and supplies.

    The group hopes to get the hospital up and running, and be back by Monday afternoon.

    Forest Park Medical Center is only in need of financial support and can not accommodate any individuals who want to go to Haiti to help.