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article imageTown of Milot in Haiti turning into hospital village

By KJ Mullins     Jan 27, 2010 in Health
One town in Haiti is making a big difference for the victims of the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince. Milot has been turned into a hospital village, giving people with serious injuries a glimmer of hope.
Though stretched to the max, the town has pledged that no patient will be left without care and the families will receive a warm welcome.
Hopital Sacre Coeur(HSC) in Milot, Haiti has been called the "Mayo Clinic of Haiti." One of the best trauma hospitals in Haiti, HSC has turned the entire town into a hospital facility to treat earthquake patients and their families.
U.S. Coast Guard and Navy helicopters have been transporting the most severely injured patients to HSC since the earthquake struck two weeks ago. Other patients have traveled over rough terrain for seven hours to get the the hospital. By last week there were 200 patients from Port-au-Prince.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot  Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
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The hospital has treated all that have made it through its doors, not losing one patient and stabilizing all victims.
EIN News reports:
"Our volunteers on the ground are doing heroic work, between 25 and 50 cases a day depending on how many patients we receive." said Dr. Peter Kelly, President of the CRUDEM Foundation, a 501 ( c) 3 non-profit, based in Ludlow, Massachusetts that supports and operates the hospital.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot  Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
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Just hours after the earthquake, the hospital had expanded its facilities. The 247 Haitian medical and non-medical staff were joined by US orthopedic, general surgery and trauma teams. Now the hospital has four operating rooms being used by almost 50 of the world's top orthopedic, general and trauma surgeons and almost another 50 medical support personnel on-site.
It is expected that 300 new cots will arrive in the coming days. These cots will be used by patients and healthcare workers.
Even though the residents of Milot have very little themselves they have opened up their homes to the families of patients. An on-site volunteer wrote: "The CRUDEM volunteers, staff at HSC (Hopital Sacre Coeur) and the people of Milot are ALL doing an amazing job in every possible way - from caring for the injured to fixing pot holes in the street to make transport less painful. In spite of the tragedy there is a strong sense of hope in the air."
The town's three mayors have allowed for the school across from the hospital to be converted into a MASH triage center. The soccer field is now a helicopter landing site. Two tour buses have been turned into hospital transport ferrying patients from Cap Haitien.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot  Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
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Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot  Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
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Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot  Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
Hopital Sacre Coeur (HSC) in Milot, Haiti caring for earthquake victims.
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