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January 26th, 2010
03:44 PM ET

Doctors: Haiti medical situation shameful

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Drs. Dean Lorich, Soumitra Eachempati and David L. Helfet, Special to CNN

Four years ago, the devastating Hurricane Katrina affected millions in the United States. The initial medical response was ill-equipped, understaffed, poorly coordinated and delayed. Criticism was fierce.

The response to Haiti has been the same. The point no one seems to remember is this: Medical response to these situations cannot be delayed. Immediate access to emergency equipment is also crucial.

Within 24 hours of the earthquake, Dr. David Helfet put together a 13-member team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and operating room nurses, with a massive amount of orthopedic operating room equipment, ready to be flown directly to Port-au-Prince on a private plane.

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  1. jenny fiori

    what a well written article. Why didn't the US have Our Marines protecting you and your supplies? I don't understand. How sad and tragic this is!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm |