Family First: Haiti Doctor

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 --- 4:20 a.m.

"These people just lived on top of each other. No space between one building and the next.The only space was the roads.. "

Dr. Craig Dopf is an orthopedic surgeon with Meriter Hospital.

He knew what to expect but was still *shocked by the conditions.

"Everything was flattened, there were practically no structures standing. "

Dr. Dopf spent a week in a city called Leogane.

There was no functioning hospital so they created operating rooms out of nothing.

"All of them are in a state of shock. they've lost everything. All their belongings are crushed, family members are dead. Living in the street on gravel under a sheet. After I got done operating, they were missing limbs. And so they weren't exactly jumping for joy and tremendously pleased with the care they received but they knew it was necessary."

Just before amputating one woman's leg, when asking her permission to do so, her answer was "I want to live."

"I was operating in a girls' dormitory room on a desk and a lot of the other health care providers aer in similar situations. So what they need is temporary hospitals. "

That's because *so many* people need amputations.

Dr. Dopf performed 20 a day the week he was in Haiti.

And next, they'll need supplies like prosthetic limbs, crutches, and wheelchairs.

Dr. Dopf says he'll be back and he continues to be moved by the generosity he's seen.

"This whole network of selfless people either donating their time or energy or money or both to help out these peopel in need was really nice to see that there's so many people like that in the world."

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