Thursday, February 11, 2010


Almost two weeks after the quake this woman was brought to our hospital on this homemade stretcher. Her back was broken and she was paralyzed from the waist down, the third paraplegic we saw during the week.

I just heard that yesterday seven babies delivered at the hospital. What? Generally, of course, babies are born in homes, but there is something desirable in the minds of many Haitians that their baby would be born in a hospital, so in they come. This is not why we opened the hospital, but what are you going to do? Say, "no, not here, not today. We're busy with paraplegics today"? Tell that to a mother who's pushing.

Death and suffering juxtaposed with new birth. Welcome to Haiti.

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