By Dr. Jean-Albert Midy | May 11th, 2010
As a native of Haiti, it was extremely difficult for me to return to my home and see the devastation that was everywhere around us from the second our plane landed on April 17, 2010.
I spent two weeks in Haiti, returning to Baltimore on May 2, after performing countless surgeries at St. Francois de Sales Hospital in Port au Prince and in various other surgical clinics.
The first part of my trip I was the only surgeon on team 12. The second week of my trip I worked as part of team 13, and was joined by Dr. Amy Sisley, a trauma critical care surgeon from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The healthcare infrastructure in Haiti is extremely weak, and as a Haitian I was touched by my fellow doctors’ dedication, compassion and professionalism in Haiti’s greatest time of need.
I left Haiti with mixed feelings. I am happy I was able to go and help my people, but at the same time, I am saddened to see the abject misery, the suffering of the Haitian people and the destruction of the country by that earthquake.