As Austin orthopedic surgeon Scott Smith watched the news coverage of the Jan. 12 earthquake that virtually destroyed the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince he decided he had to do something to help the thousands of people left injured.
Similarly, Joanna Gibbons, a second-year medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, saw the devastation and the suffering and felt the same. As she put it, “I couldn’t not go.”
Dozens of Texas physicians, medical students, nurses, physician assistants, and other health professionals flocked to Haiti in the days and weeks following the earthquake. Their efforts saved countless lives and eased the suffering of many.
The cover story in the April issue of Texas Medicine tells the story of a few of the Texas physicians and medical students who responded to the tremendous need for medical care in Haiti and what they found there.
In this installment of Podcast TMA, Dr. Smith and Fort Worth trauma surgeon Robert Sloane discuss their experiences helping Haitian quake victims.
This installment covers:
- Why Texas physicians such as Drs. Sloane and Smith felt compelled to volunteer in Haiti.
- The devastation and traumatic injuries they encountered there, as well as the conditions under which they had to work.
- Experiences with patients that touched them personally.
- The continuing need that the Haitian people will have for ongoing medical care from volunteer physicians and others.
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