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.
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.
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.
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.