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Our Trip in Photos
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Wed, 2/17/2010 1:00 PM

Big thank you to our Media Services team for putting together this slideshow of photos from our trip.  Enjoy!

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Welcome Home Reception
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Tue, 2/16/2010 4:37 PM

We welcomed our medical mission team home this afternoon with a reception that celebrated all the work our clinicians offered to the people of Haiti. Team leader Dr. Sunny Anand, chief of Critical Care at Le Bonheur, thanked those who had a hand in helping the team, but said it was most fulfilling to share in teamwork. Children who came to them dehydrated and broken left smiling and with a better future because of the work our team offered.

"We were there simply because we wanted to take care of the children and their families in Haiti," he said.

The reception was attended by our community partners, local leaders, hospital staff and the team’s families.

"This is a city that cares," said Memphis Mayor AC Wharton. "These are our ambassadors."

Our president and CEO, Meri Armour, spoke of how important it is for an organization like ourselves to step up for children all over the world, not just in our community.

"We are a world-class hospital and world-class hospitals take care of the world’s children."

 

Pictures from today's reception:

Team members gather on stage as they are honored for the work they did in Haiti.

 

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Memphis Mayor AC Wharton speaks to the crowd and team members.

 

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Hundreds of people turned out to honor the Haiti team.

 

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The reception featured a cake with the team’s photo on it.

 

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Homecoming
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Fri, 2/12/2010 8:42 PM

Our Haiti medical mission team arrived home today after 5 p.m. Below are some photos of their homecoming.

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The group poses for a photo after arriving in Memphis.
 


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Dr. Trey Eubanks, Pediatric Surgical Group, leaves the plane with his team members behind him.

  

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The group is greeted by family after arriving in Memphis.  

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Odds and Ends
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Fri, 2/12/2010 1:30 PM

In a moment of reflection, Amanda Mauck, communications specialist, sent us an unusual picture.

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This is the bell they ring before every meal when all the food is  ready. It is a very welcome sound after a long day of work.

Team at airport, Haitian day of mourning
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Fri, 2/12/2010 11:26 AM

Amanda Mauck, communications specialist, called in with news of the team's departure:

Today is actually Haiti National Day of Mourning. It's been one month since the earthquake. Across the city, people are having memorials and prayer services. They have put on their Sunday best and are praying and singing.

We are at the airport now, getting ready to leave. We're practically the only ones at the airport now, though the U.S. military does have a strong presence here. The airport was much busier two weeks ago. FedEx is coming to get us, and we'll stop first in San Juan to get gas and go through customs.

I think it was really hard to leave the compound this morning. Still, everybody is looking forward to getting back to the real world. For two weeks, they've been working their tails off. We've also talked about how great it was to really get to know each other. We'll miss seeing each other all the time.

Saying Goodbyes
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Thu, 2/11/2010 5:00 PM

Update from Amanda Mauck, communication specailist:

This afternoon, I hugged goodbye to our amazing team of interpreters. Stevenson, Natacha, Shelove, Fritz and Herve were with us everyday, translating for us.

Without them, we would have been paralyzed by the language barrier, and we are all so grateful for their help. I can’t express how each of them has touched my life, and I wish the best for each of them. They all had these amazingly resilient personalities that pushed us all to dig deep and work harder. If these kids can move on from the tragedies of Jan. 12 and help us, we can do our best to help their countrymen.

To all of them, because I know they will read this: I will take my memories of each of you with me forever. You are amazing people with so much life, and I am forever blessed by knowing you.

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Recount of surgical cases
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Thu, 2/11/2010 2:23 PM

Update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

So we recounted. We decided that someone from the surgical team touched more than 75 cases. From anesthesia, scrubbing in, surgeries, skin grafts and dressing changes.

 

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Close connections made
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Thu, 2/11/2010 12:17 PM

Another update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

Everybody is ready to go home. But still, for myself, there a lot of people we’ve gotten to know that I will miss. These nuns have taken really good care of us while we’re here and I’ll especially miss two of them. We’ve also gotten really close to the teams we’ve worked alongside, including the Chilean doctors.

All told, we’ve done 37 surgeries so far in Haiti – eight surgeries at the clinic compound and 29 at Sacred Heart.

At Sacred Heart, we saw 25 patients in the triage tent each day, both children and adults. I would say that in total, about 50 children went through Sacred Heart Emergency Department each day, and Dr. Anand consulted on all those cases.

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Last full day in Haiti
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Thu, 2/11/2010 10:34 AM

Update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

We’re ready for our last day, I think. Today is going to be a busy day – we had five surgeries scheduled, but one boy came in with fever and cough. We won’t be able to perform surgery on him. The doctors do seem to be pretty upbeat today in the OR, though.

Dr. Eubanks is in a hernia surgery right now. Dr. Anand is with a 15-year-old boy with typhoid, giving him IV antibiotics. He’s being isolated in the clinic – he came in yesterday and came back today for IV fluids.

We have to get packed today. Today is surgery and packing, and Dr. Anand is going back to Sacred Heart to get final information for a study he’s developed. More to come.

Pictured below: Dr. Trey Eubanks, Pediatric Surgical Group, performs the second of three hernia repairs planned for the day. The team also have a breast mass in a man to take out on the OR schedule.

 

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Doctors treat one of the team's own
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Wed, 2/10/2010 4:50 PM

News of the team from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

Well, it finally happened. One of our own got sick. Gordon Corder, Pediatric Anesthesiologists PA, has succumbed to the tropical ailments. Thankfully, when traveling with a group of doctors, there is always someone there who can start an IV and make him feel better.

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The woman behind the blog
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Wed, 2/10/2010 3:00 PM

The team turned the camera on Logistics and Communications Specialist Amanda Mauck today, to give us a look at the one providing frequent updates about the trip.

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Surroundings starting to affect the team
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Wed, 2/10/2010 1:00 PM

Amanda Mauck, communications specialist, sent a note about the team's mood after nearly two weeks in Haiti:

Last night, we got out of the hospital a little early after finishing out cases. We left Sacred Heart around three and went to a restaurant called Jet Set. It was one of the few restaurants that wasn’t affected by the earthquakes at all. We sat there probably for a few hours, talking and relaxing.

All of us are really tired and there’s a sense of melancholy today.

(More updates soon)

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Surgeons working in 100 degree OR
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Wed, 2/10/2010 10:41 AM

Our Morning update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

The team started out at the clinic compound this morning. Dr. Eubanks has three surgeries scheduled. He did one hernia surgery on a little boy this morning and then he’s removing an infection from a woman’s face. There a little boy who came in this morning needed help from a machete accident on his hand.

Most everyone else is assisting with surgeries. The OR doesn’t have air conditioning so it’s really hot. Those assisting are moving in and out, and Dr. Eubanks has been coming out and taking breaks. The air is really stagnant inside and outside there’s a breeze. Today, it’s 90-some degrees so it’s probably more than 100 degrees in the OR.

We’ll go back to Sacred Heart this afternoon to tie up loose ends. Dr. Anand needs to go back for research for one last day. Dr. Eubanks is going to say goodbye to some of his patients.

Newest pictures from Haiti
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Tue, 2/09/2010 5:00 PM

Amanda Mauck, communications specialist, sent us more photos from the team's journey in Haiti.  

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Organizing supplies
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Tue, 2/09/2010 3:30 PM

Another update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist: 

Because we brought so many supplies, we want to make sure the clinic is as organized as possible before we leave. If no one knows where supplies are, they won’t get used. Our inventory includes things like antibiotics and all sorts of antibiotics. We’ll spend the next few days organizing for the sisters and Chilean doctors at the compound. We’ve used a lot, but should be able to leave plenty to help the clinic run after we leave.

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Mid-day update
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Tue, 2/09/2010 2:00 PM

Happy mid-day from Sacred Heart! Drs. Kelly and Meier have spent the morning changing dressings and applying skin grafts.  Drs. Anand, Eubanks and Crile (Crisler)  have been doing triage, and while there, Dr. Eubanks took care of a little boy with a pelvic fracture whose urethra was blocked and couldn't use the bathroom.

Dr. Eubanks inserted a catheter in the boy's bladder to ease his pain. The little one should feel much better. Thanks to a quick call toUrologist Dr. Gerald Jerkins at home at Le Bonheur for advice.

Drs. Saltzman and Meier spent the morning in the ORs assisting in the morning's cases. Gordon (Corder) has spent the morning in the sedation room on the first floor assisting with dressing changes that are usually very painful and need some sort of anesthesia.

Pictured below: Drs. Derek Kelly, Campbell Clinic, and Josh Meier, Kosair Children's Hospital, apply skin grafts. 

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Blowing off steam
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Tue, 2/09/2010 12:40 PM
Yesterday after leaving Sacred Heart, the doctors wanted to blow off some steam and hit the basketball court. To make things interesting, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Anand challenged Gonsalo and Julio to a U.S. versus Chile game. They played a game, then a game of Around the Clock and later Horse. Chile is winning the basketball games, 2-1.
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Transition plans underway
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Tue, 2/09/2010 10:31 AM

Morning update from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

We’re back at Sacred Heart this morning for our last full day at the hospital. Tomorrow, we’ll begin to transition out of here and do fewer surgeries. A team from Mexico is coming in tomorrow, so we’ll begin to hand over our work to them.

Drs. Anand and Eubanks, along with Crile, are in the triage areas this morning. I’m not sure what’s on the OR board today, but the Emergency Department was packed again this morning when we arrived. We usually get a rush the first thing in the morning, and then it tapers off later on. There are probably about 150 people waiting in the ED this morning.

Last night, some of team played a game of basketball (more on that later) while Dr. Eubanks fixed a hernia on a 12- or 13-year-old boy. By the time the basketball game had finished, the sun had gone down and Dr. Kelly left the game and scrubbed in to help Dr. Eubanks, who was working on another case.

Below is a picture of the triage tents outside the hospital.

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Working Day and Night
last updated:
Mon, 2/08/2010 9:32 PM

We just received this info. from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

After spending much of the day at Sacred Heart, Dr. Eubanks, Pediatric Surgical Group, returned to the clinic compound to repair two hernias. Dr. Josh Meier, Kosair Children's Hospital, assisted while Le Bonheur Children's Jacob Howell served as scrub tech.

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Big Thanks to Rotary!
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Mon, 2/08/2010 3:30 PM

The members of Rotary knew they wanted to donate to the relief effort in Haiti, said Maureen O'Connor, Le Bonheur Children's director of public policy.

So when news of Le Bonheur Children's mission to serve in Haiti arose, Rotary put out a call to members and promised to match individual contributions 2-to-1. With individuals giving sums as high as $4,800 the grand total came to $14,835!

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. Community support for this mission completely fueled the team's ability to save lives in the aftermath of a natural catastrophe. We're so proud of our team and proud of our partnerships with community-minded organizations across the Mid-South!

Stay tuned to see more updates and hear more stories from Haiti.

Manning the C-arm
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Mon, 2/08/2010 1:15 PM

The latest picture from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist:

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In addition to being Haiti's best scrub tech, Jacob Howell also runs the inter-operative X-ray, or C-arm.

A new day begins
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Mon, 2/08/2010 11:01 AM

This Monday marks the beginning of the end for our team in Haiti. Communications specialist Amanda Mauck reflects on the start of the group's last Monday morning at Sacred Heart Hospital in Port-au-Prince:

A few of us worked at the hospital for half a day yesterday, but for the most part, we took a break. The moment we stopped, everybody realized how tired we were. On the ride back, we could tell everybody was ready for a nap. Taking a break was the right decision.

 Today, back at Sacred Heart, we’re checking to see what’s needed. There were doctors from another group here yesterday, so they were able to evaluate patients and schedule surgeries for us if needed for today. We walked in this morning and Drs. Kelly (Campbell Clinic) and Meier (Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville) already had one case scheduled – repairing a distal femur by pinning it. Knowing that we have people we can work with has been really great.

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That's One Tough Nut to Crack!
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Sun, 2/07/2010 6:48 PM

Share a moment with our team, courtesy of Amanda Mauck, communications and logistics coordinator:

While relaxing this afternoon, Dr. Sunny (Anand) decided to crack open one of the
many coconuts growing in the compound. Last, night we attempted to
open it with a tool Dr. Kelly  (Campbell Clinic) is very comfortable with - a cast saw.
But alas, we decided that the only thing that would open them is a machete. Today we borrowed the right tool from the sisters and cracked open two delicious coconuts.


 

Surgeons use X-Fix to repair Tibia
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Sun, 2/07/2010 3:30 PM

The following is a picture sent from Amanda Mauck, communications specialist. Caution: This is a picture from the operating table and may not be suitable for all of our readers.

 (February 5, 2010) The pediatric specialist team from Le Bonheur Children's  brought their innovative surgical techniques with them to Haiti. The following picture is of an "x-fix" operation to repair a child's tibia. An x-fix is short for an external fixator.  It is typically used to quickly fix open fractures.

 

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Amputation the only option, last resort
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Sun, 2/07/2010 1:30 PM

From Amanda Mauck, communcations and logistics coordinator. Caution: the picture that follows is from the operating table and may not be suitable for all of our readers.

With a very heavy heart, Dr. Kelly (Campbell Clinic) and Haitian Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. B. Nau amputate the first leg of our trip (2/6). This 38-year-old had a crush injury and broken tibia from the earthquake.   Here an amputation is not taken lightly and is a last resort.  Dr. Kelly said that he was hoping to go home without ever performing one.

 

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No rest for the weary
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Sun, 2/07/2010 11:09 AM

From Amanda Mauck, communications and logistics coordinator:


Today, we are only taking a small group to Sacred Heart. We are beginning to get tired, and since there was only one scheduled surgical case, we all decided that we'd take Sunday off.  We're only taking a small group to Sacred Heart to take out a woman's gall bladder and to check on our patients.  Trey (Eubanks, pediatric surgeon, Pediatric Surgical Group), Jacob (Howell, surgery technician), Sunny , Joel (Saltzman, medical director of Anesthesia) and I are hoping to make today a quick trip.  Back at the compound, the rest are going to start organizing the supplies we brought and move them from out of the patient waiting area.  Fr. Joe has a contractor coming Monday morning to look at the compound's earthquake damage.


Here's a picture of the gall bladder removal surgery:

 

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Life Outside Hospital Walls
last updated:
Sat, 2/06/2010 4:00 PM

A few readers wanted updates about the team's emotional well being and to know what life is like for the team other than what they do at the hospital.  Here is an update from communications specialist, Amanda Mauck:

Dr. Sunny Anand saw a baby that was 25 days old who was severely dehydrated and needed some formula.  He started and i.v. and sent her home with her mom’s friend.  The baby's mom had basically abandoned her.  She was absolutely precious and it nearly broke my heart.  I spoke with Dr. Anand about her last night and this morning.  He worried about her for most of the night, but said, "it’s in God’s hands now and He will take care of her." 

Yesterday we left the hospital about five p.m.  We heard that President Clinton had been in Port-au-Prince and was at the airport trying to leave.  We have to drive by the airport on our way home.  Traffic was miserable.  Took 2 1/2 hours to get home and it usually takes 45 minutes.  Very exhausting!

Night clinic started when we got back.  The team saw a little boy with a broken leg and put a cast on him.  Dr. Eubanks saw four more people and set up more surgeries for tomorrow (2/6).  He and the team will be removing a growth from a man’s face and a lump from a woman’s breast.  Although the team is primarily made up of pediatric physicians, how can we turn people away who need help when we can help them?  Our doctors are talented enough and see the need to help everyone.

They ordered in pizza again for us--and I’m kind of tired of having pizza.  Every night is kind of the same.  We come back, sit in the courtyard, and talk about the day.  This group has become so close.  We know each other really well and we get along.  It is especially neat that some of the team will get to work together again once we get home.  We have kept a great sense of humor and constantly cracking jokes.  We know we are here to do a job, but nobody takes themselves too seriously.  Great group of people.  Everybody’s heart is in the right place.

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Expanding and evolving services
last updated:
Sat, 2/06/2010 2:00 PM

As the conditions change in Haiti, the team adapts.  

A large number patients have had surgery and now need medical attention in the form of wound care.  Taking care of the wounds and making sure they heal properly without infection is just as important as the surgery.  Dr. Trey Eubanks and Gordon Corder, certified registered nurse anesthetist, have altered their roles at the hospital to manage wound care.  Thank goodness for them!

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Busy day ahead for OR
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Sat, 2/06/2010 12:00 PM

Once again, the team is going to have a very busy day.  Yesterday they had 6-7 surgical cases and have 14 planned for today.  To make sure they have enough supplies for each case, specifically the screws to set patients bones in place, they are taping them to the board that lists all cases for the day.  

 

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Volunteers from the Volunteer State
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Sat, 2/06/2010 10:30 AM

We received an update from the team in Haiti:

Yesterday, we were so fortunate to be joined by a team of medical professionals from East Tennessee Children's Hospital and other eastern Tennessee hospitals. They came to Haiti on Thursday and joined us for surgery yesterday (2/5).  It is really neat that so many volunteers from the Volunteer State could be here and work together. Along with all the Tennesseans, there is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and a surgical nurse from Utah. 

 

(Pictured below) Jacob Howell, surgical technician, hasn't just worked with our team, but scrubs in with whomever needs him. In this picture he is helping the team from Knoxville fix a girl's femur fracture. 

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