PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A child's pain broke the early morning calm outside Sacred Heart Hospital in Haiti's devastated capital.
For nearly a week now, families and their injured loved ones have been sleeping in the parking lot — in tents, on concrete — anywhere they can find.
Francois Sebien refuses to leave his sister's side. He nearly lost her.
"The leg is gone, the leg is cut, but — grace to God — they found this help," he said through a translator.
Charles Johnson also found help at the impromptu sidewalk clinic that was set up with the help of personnel from Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas.
"Thank you to the doctors from Chicago, from Texas and Miami," Johnson said through a translator. "We need more of you."
The people of Port-au-Prince who are taking time out to give thanks to the men and women who reached out to a nation in desperate need.
"God bess America," said quake victim Gregory Louissant. "Sincerely, God bless America. They're going to be blessed."
The doctors from Forest Park Medical Center were planning to return to Texas on Monday morning, but more doctors are on the way, expected to arrive in Haiti within 24 hours. They will be deployed to hospitals and clinics around the disaster zone, including Sacred Heart Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
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
Checks should be made out to Forest Park Medical Center. Officials at the hospital say they do not need any volunteers at this time and cannot offer transport to the disaster zone.