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Archive for March, 2010

Guerry worked as our translator; speaking fluent English, Creole and French.

  

Bradley Team Angel was instrumental in the day to day operation of the CME clinic and surgical suites.  Cristy Tuttle, RN and Cindi Burtnett, RN worked in the clinic trenches, triaging patients and providing primary care services.   

RN Cristy Tuttle had a little helper in the clinic.

  

We all loaded up in the back of the Tap Tap. These transport trucks are called Tap Taps. All the people and supplies ride in the open back; in order to let the drive know where you want to get off--you Tap on the window.

  

Alan Blackburn, Brian Shoemaker and Brent Clayton completed anything from supply organization, electrician duties to biomedical engineering.  Much of the medical equipment at the CME clinic was found to be dilapidated in poor working condition.   

Brent Clayton, Brian Shoemaker, Alan Blackburn were available for whatever needs we encountered. What a great support team!”]Dr. Vince Gardner and Dr. James White completed multiple surgeries along with patient critical care.  Brian Shoemaker working with detailed communications pushed hard to secure lodging and safe return passage for the team.   

All members of Bradley Team Angel were allowed to share their faith, prayers and hope with the Haitian people.  

While in Jacmel, we experienced two small earthquakes 4.8 on the Richter scale.  Each occurring in the night.  The ground shook violently for a few seconds, then in the distance a loud crash like deep thunder could be heard.  Each time, we could hear people running into the streets from supposed inspected buildings spared by the larger quake.  Each time we heard silence after the strong tremors and smaller quakes.  Then breaking the silence, across the valley in Jacmel, we could hear people singing in French Creole.  Singing praises to God.  Even though in a foreign language, one song was very familiar, “It is Well With my Soul”.  It was obvious that many Haitian have turned to God in their time of need.  Faith is strengthened and hope is alive in Haiti.  

We found many Christians in Haiti.

  

Bradley Team Angel had a memorable visit to southern Haiti.  The devastation, poverty, poor sanitary conditions, misery and lack of basic health care was obvious.  However, the Haitian people are resilient and amazingly faithful.  The clinic started each day with prayer—and each surgical case with prayer—a Haitian tradition even before the earthquake. We hear and read how the situation in Haiti is quickly improving.  That only means that the conditions in Haiti were so bad to begin with—even before the earthquake. The problems facing Haiti are just starting and will continue for many years.  

Baby Victoria was delivered by C-Section by Dr. Gardner and Dr. White. Her future in Haiti is uncertain.

  

Health care needs to be coordinated with the Haitian doctors, nurses, midwives, rehab specialists—with continued need for medications, supplies, surgical equipment and re-building of clinics and hospitals throughout Haiti. We were humbled with the dedication and compassion of the Haitian healthcare workers that continue to provide care with limited resources.  We did not come to fix all the wounds, fractures, or heal all the masses that we saw in the clinics. We were there merely to share the love of Bradley County to touch the Haitian people and assist in the care in whatever needed to be done.  It was not about how many patients we saw in clinics, numbers of surgeries, or our egos—but about empathy and love for our neighbors.  The problems facing Haiti are great and will continue for many years—and our prayers will continue to be with Haiti—those we have worked with and cared for through Bradley Team Angel.  

This young Haitian boy, clutching a picture of Jesus sheltering a lamb, was injured during the earthquake Jan 12, 2010. Bradley Team Angel was able to speak freely and share their faith with new friends in Jacmel, Haiti.

  

   

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100,000 Haitians are homeless near Jacmel, Haiti.

Upon arrival, Bradley Team Angel was then shuttled to Cayes-Jacmel to the Central Medical Emmanuel-a small clinic in Cayes Jacmel.  

The major hospital in Central Jacmel had been damaged beyond repair. The CME hospital has been offering health care to the people of Cayes Jacmel for more than 25 years.  

The outpatient clinic has associations with humanitarian groups; Doctors United for Haiti. Designed as an outpatient facility, open air tents were erected on site to house in-patients. Patients from the surround region were directed to the CME clinic for care. The team walked into a logistic challenge from the moment of arrival. The free medical clinic open to all people treated an average of 300-400 patients per day with 10-12 surgical cases per day. Typical patient encounters included wound care, reconstructive surgery, emergency critical care problems as well as combating outbreaks of measles, typhoid, diarrhea and dehydration.  

Bradley Team Angel was instrumental in the day to day operation of the CME clinic and surgical suites. Cristy Tuttle, RN and Cindi Burtnett, RN worked in the clinic trenches, triaging patients and providing primary care services. Alan Blackburn, Brian Shoemaker and Brent Clayton completed anything from supply organization, electrician duties to biomedical engineering. Much of the medical equipment at the CME clinic was found to be dilapidated in poor working condition. Dr. Vince Gardner and Dr. James White completed multiple surgeries along with patient critical care. Brian Shoemaker working with detailed communications pushed hard to secure lodging and safe return passage for the team. All members of Bradley Team Angel were allowed to share their faith, prayers and hope with the Haitian people.

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Work in Bradley county was completed by many groups prior to the actual mission trip.  Materials were gathered from our community in support.  Central Drug and Medical Center Pharmacy were gracious with pharmacutical donations.   

Cindi and Guerry worked to record and organize donated medications.

  

Ms. Amy Shoemaker’s and Ms. Angela Kersey’s classes at Bradley Central High School completed multiple sewing projects to make hand made beenie babies for the children seen in the clinic.  Money donations collected by Charleston Elementary school were used to buy food supplies for the damaged Jacmel elementary school.  Cleveland High School Girls and Boys basketball team donated two 50 lb containers of recreation equipment given to the refugee tent cities long with Aspirin, Tylenol, vitamins and other hard to find over the counter medications.  

  

A portable ultrasound was used on loan from Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM).

  

Surgical and advanced wound care supplies were donated by the office of Dr. James White,  Advanced Surgical Concepts.  A portable ultrasound unit was loaned for the medical trip by  Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM).  IPT cellular  donated 20 cellular phones to be used in the medical relief effort.   Anonymous money donations were given to the team with an out pouring of prayers from many local church groups.  

One of the biggest obstacles for Bradley Team Angel was transportation into and out of Haiti.  The airport at Port au Prince was officially closed to public transport from Jan 12 until Feb 20, 2010.  Go ministries was instrumental in achieving transport of Team Angel from the Dominican Republic to Jacmel.   

Go Ministries was instrumental for air transport--Santiago, DR and Jacmel, Haiti.

  

Private pilots donated their time and planes for equipment and people transport.

  

Air transport from Atlanta to Santiago, Dominican Republic was very easily via American Airline.  From Santiago to Jacmel was, however, challenging.  As the runway in Jacmel is short, smaller private planes were necessary for transport of supplies and personnel.  Go Ministries, a Christian mission organization has been working with private pilots since the earthquake to secure small plane transport in and out of Haiti.  Team Angel was flown by small 4-seater single prop planes from Santiago to Jacmel, Haiti.   

Brent Clayton got to fly as Co-pilot.

  

Glenn Chong

James White and Alan Blackburn flew with pilot Glenn Chong.

  

Upon arrival, the team was then shuttled to Cayes-Jacmel to the Central Medical Emmanuel-a small clinic in Cayes Jacmel. The major hospital in Central Jacmel had been damaged beyond repair.

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 We just completed a medical mission trip to Haiti–Feb 2010.  Over the next few days, I would like to share stories in regard to the mission trip to Jacmel, Haiti.      

Devastation brought by the recent earthquake in Haiti has been met with an outpouring of support from the world. Cleveland and Bradley county residents stepped forward to do a part in that effort pulling together to send a medical/surgical mission team to Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. From donated medications, tents, food supplies, drawn ‘praying for you cards’ to hand made beenie babies; love was demonstrated by Bradley Team Angel to the Haitian people–southern style.        

Many of the recent news articles report the devastation to Port au Prince [the capital of Haiti] in the aftermath of the major earthquake. Yet, Jacmel, a port city of approximated 150,000 on the southern coast of Haiti , was only 40 miles from the epicenter of the quake sustaining substantial damage greater in proportion than Port au Prince.       

 On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused heavy damage and casualties not only to the capital city Port au Prince; but also to Jacmel. The first tremblor rocked Jacmel at 4:40pm, but the later tremblor at 5:37pm was so intense that it stopped the  Jacmel cathedral’s clock. A Jacmel radio station estimated at least 5000  dead.        

Many homes and businesses sustained structural damage. More than 70% of concrete buildings will need to be destroyed.

  

In the earthquake around 70% of the homes were damaged in Jacmel,  with most of the heavier damage being suffered in the poorer  neighborhoods of the city. A small tidal wave hit Jacmel Bay, with the ocean receding, leaving fish high and dry on the sand of the seafloor,  and rushing back in, four times in the wake of the earthquake.       

  Relief efforts to Jacmel had been slow because of the lack of supplies and focus on the capital Port-au-Prince. Surrounded by steep mountains and bounded by the ocean, Jacmel remains isolated from aid pouring in from around the world to Haiti.      

    

Even before the massive earthquake, Haiti was the poorest 3rd World Country in the Western Hemisphere.

       

 The small, 1 km (3,300 ft) airstrip in Jacmel is too small to process the larger C-17 aircraft that are used to flight in supplies. The sea port is shallow, and is not large enough to handle freighters; so supplies must be ferried to the shore and back again-a time consuming process.       

     

BRADLEY TEAM ANGEL——After hearing news of the earthquake; a group friends from Candies Creek Baptist Church communicating by social networks began to prepare for a mission trip to Haiti. Spear headed by Dr. James White and Brian Shoemaker a six person team was assembled. Two General Surgeons; James White, MD, FACS and Vince Gardner, MD, FACS, Medical/surgical nurse; Cristy Tuttle, RN, Communications Brian Shoemaker, Logistics coordinators and general helpers Alan Blackburn and Brent Clayton. Via Facebook, the team sought mission opportunities in Haiti and/or the Dominican Republic leaving the path open to God‘s direction. The team was joined by Emergency Critical Care Nurse; Cindi Burtnett, RN while already on mission in Haiti. After searching the internet, Dr. White was contacted by Go Ministries in the Dominican Republic. Doors were opened and the need for medical/surgical help was clearly evident in Jacmel, Haiti.           

         

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