January 18th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Video: Why did medical team abandon Haiti field hospital?

On Friday night, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported live from a field hospital in Haiti where the on-site medical team packed up and left, leaving patients in the make-shift facility. Dr. Gupta stayed to care for the sick in their absence. CNN's Gary Tuchman interviewed the Chief Coordinator of that medical team to ask about their decision to leave..

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Haiti Earthquake
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Betty Murphy

    Am curious as to why surgical suppliers all over the U.S. have not sent surgical instruments, etc knowing the critical need??????? When I hear Sanjay Gupta tell us this evening he had to make his instruments today to perform a brain surgery on a young girl, I am stunned and quite dismayed! Come on, U.S. medical suppliers.STEP UP!!!!!!

    January 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  2. Marty Eikelberg

    The people that are trying to help those are in fear of their life. People realize that the people of Haiti are scared,hurt,starving,in need of water,food and medical care. But when you attack those that are trying to help,why does it anger you to see them retreat? To hurt these people does not help your cause. Give them a 'chance' to help. If they didn't want to help your country they would't be there.

    January 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  3. sandra moulin

    CNN you have really done a great job covering the Haiti Crisis. However I want to say to you that CNN is very fortunate to have a man as Sanjay Guptha and he is the true example of the ethics of the hypocratic oath. May all the Gods bless him and his kind. He stayed behind to administer to the sick when others abandoned them. Time magazine this is your Man of the Year for 2010.

    January 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  4. mary golden rn

    As a registered nurse he is US, I would loose my license for patient abandonment. I live in Virginia and this is against the law, Without having another nurse to give report to you must stay with your patients. this was inexcusible.

    January 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  5. Denise Barlow

    It like Anderson said before. There comes a time when you have to say, "I don't care what UN security has to say, I'm here to help these people". Didn't any of those doctors get a guilty conscious for leaving the injuried behind like that? Thank goodness for doctors like Sanjay Gupta who stood his ground and stayed with them.

    January 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  6. Donna Kruder

    We have had a week to get hospital tents set up and staffed. This is apalling that doctors and nurses are being ordered to abandon their patients. These people need help NOW or they will die. What is wrong with this picture?

    January 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  7. Kathy, Andover

    Here in the States, if there's a fire @ a hospital, personnel do NOT run out the door leaving patients to fend for themselves. As an RN, I don't see how this situation is different.

    January 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jeanette

    I had a hard time understanding his English, however, what I don't know is why they didn't move the patients along with the doctors to somewhere where they would get care???

    Thanks to Sanjay for not abandoning these people.

    January 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  9. James Marcello

    If the Haitian President is in essence invisiable, why is their government restricting the US Military to the airport? Can't the US Military operate in the streets of Haiti?

    January 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Rosemary Hook

    why dont we pay the store keepers for their goods and let the hungry people have it – the food is there – why wait for supplies to arrive?
    The police could supervise the organized distribution and donated funds could be used to pay the shop keepers. THis would stop some of the disorderly looting................

    January 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  11. Cindy

    I still didn't get why the chief coordinator decided to leave 25 critical patients unattended with just one man to look after them. I don't care if they had security or not. They do take an oath to save people do they not? If they were so worried about being attacked they should have gotten the UN to give them troops. I don't believe that they asked. It's too weird that one night the UN tells them no they can't help them then the very next day they give them help with security. It seems to me that they are lying to make themselves look better.

    At least Sanjay has a conscious and didn't leave those people to die.


    January 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm |