Haiti Earthquake Relief Volunteer Witnesses Minor Miracle

By Alison Smith

We witnessed a small miracle Monday morning.

I was trying to organize the people outside the door to the hospital when a man came running up and placed a baby into my arms. The child had just been pulled from beneath the rubble of a collapsed building. I rushed to clean all the debris off of her and get her some oral rehydration solution. She started to come around and began to cough and wake up. We were able to find her mother and she stayed with her and fed her until she was strong enough to leave the hospital. We learned her name was Stacy. She was a bright light of hope amidst all the suffering and death.

We have about seven operating rooms at the General Hospital now, and three wards for patients. We are trying to have Haitian nurses and doctors take over the hospital — most were absent when we arrived — and have found about five so far.

There are so many bloated bodies being pulled out of buildings and left on the streets that conditions are getting all the more horrific all throughout the city.

I walked around some of the camps around the city and people there desperately need supplies (notably food, water and blankets). We had a visit today by Bill Clinton and we personally asked him to airlift a young boy we found with a severe brain injury who could be saved with medical attention. He promised to help us, and then the army dispatched a transport team, but they refused to take him because he wasn’t an American citizen. We had Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN come to evaluate him and he tried to convince the Army, but they said their orders are only to do everything to save Americans. They said he had to wait until the USS Comfort docks in the next few days to be seen by a specialist. I’m not sure if he will make it that long.

We have some many people that are developing bacterial infections and becoming very sick. Many people do not have proper care after surgeries and are getting new infections. It is going to be a never-ending cycle of trying to keep them clean to avoid further illness. More aid is coming, but it is still nowhere near enough.

Alison Smith is a medical student at Tulane University who will be posting frequent reports from Haiti to the MTV Newsroom blog this week.

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