Dallas doctors arrive in Haiti

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by MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 27 at 3:30 PM

DALLAS — The most urgent call for help in Haiti is for doctors and nurses. It's a call some from North Texas heard and couldn't ignore.

On Saturday, they packed up and left from Dallas Love Field, flying to Haiti.

It's the desperation hundreds of miles away from North Texas that drives this mission.

"Our hope is to get there and start seeing patients right away. We have plenty of supplies," said Dr. Nirmal Jayaseelan.

Some 24 doctors and nurses from Forest Park Medical Center are in Haiti.

They have seen the images day after day: survivors with injuries waiting in front of crumbled hospitals, still without treatment.

They plan to set up anywhere they are needed, even at empty hospitals. 

"A crush injury that almost happened a week ago could also lead to an amputation but if infection spread throughout the person it can lead to death," said Jayaseelan.

"There is no medical crew. They have two ORs and power has just come back on and they are looking for physicians," said Dr. Richard Toussaint.

The doctors are preparing for heartbreak and devastation they have never seen before.

"Most of us in medicine have seen lots of tragic things before. I am pretty sure this is going to be quite different from anything we have experienced and I imagine, there will be a little bit of shock. We will just have to shake it off and get in the game," said Toussaint.

Forest Park Medical Center welcomes financial contributions to its Haiti relief effort at this address:

Forest Park Medical Center
Attn: Becca Sills
11990 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75243

Officials at the hospital say they do not need any volunteers at this time and cannot offer transport to the disaster zone.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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