There are 1,100 doctors and other medical personnel on the USNS Comfort who are working so heroically over this past week – and they all hope the Comfort lives up to her name. Vitals Spotlight would like to share some stories of these heroic doctors.
Dr. Mill Etienne, a neurologist practicing in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Etienne is also a Haitian refugee since the age of 5. He made it to Yale and then joined the Navy after completing medical school.
The trip to Haiti so far has been personal and emotional as well. He is trying to find the whereabouts of all his relatives. He just found a cousin that was discovered underneath some bricks and rubble. Aside from treating head injuries, Dr. Etienne is advising doctors about the challenges of treating people they may not be able to communicate with — because even desperate disaster victims deserve the final say when it comes to their medical treatment.
Dr. Dan Shmorhun, a pediatric cardiologist in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Shmorhun ‘s 9-year-old daughter Katya learned her dad was headed to Haiti – she organized a teddy bear drive at her school, which resulted in 3,500 stuffed animals sit ready to lend just a bit more Comfort to the quake’s smallest victims.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Los Angeles Pediatric Hospital’s Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Henri Ford removed pieces of concrete from the skull of Kimberly Lazare, a 12-year old Haitian girl affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Upon hearing the news, Kimberly’s cousin in Montreal contacted the ships medical ward and soon Kimberly will join her relatives in Canada.