Photos: Dallas docs at work in Haiti

Port-au-Prince airport

Credit: Juan Renteria / WFAA-TV

Supplies were quickly unloaded after the plane from Dallas landed at the Port-au-Prince airport on Sunday afternoon.

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by JUAN RENTERIA and BRYAN TITSWORTH / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 18 at 9:31 AM

DALLAS — Aside from food and water, one of the biggest needs in Haiti is for medical personnel and supplies.

A second team from Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas left Sunday morning from Love Field to assist with recovery from Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

The small business jet was loaded with supplies to help the 24 doctors from the hospital who arrived in Port-au-Prince on Saturday.

"One of the biggest challenges that they're facing right now is just sheer lack of supplies," said Derrick Evers, a hospital executive. "That's primarily the reason for this second flight; it really is a supply convoy for the rest of the team there on the ground."

Evers said Dr. Richard Toussaint and his team of doctors and nurses prepared themselves mentally for what they would encounter. "There's a lot of openn wounds, unfortunately there's amputations — you name it, it's there," Evers said.

The second wave of personnel from Forest Park Medical Center was prepared to set up open-air operating rooms if necessary.

They will also travel to collapsed buildings to help deal with the needs of survivors.

A News 8 crew is on the flight, which is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince around noon Sunday.

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

Forest Park Medical Center
Attn: Becca Bills
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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