Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes, orthopedic specialist at Rush University Medical Center, went with a team of doctors and nurses from Rush to Haiti after the earthquake hit to help with disaster relief efforts in 2010.
Two years later, Mjaanes fulfills his promise to himself to return to Haiti on another mission for ongoing disaster relief efforts.
Mjaanes decided to take a Flip Cam to take a video diary on this trip back. He will be sending updates to us from the field using Facebook and instant messaging.
Here is Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes’ first blog entry:
Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. CT:
I’m about to head back to Haiti for the first time since 2010. My first trip was with the Rush group that went 10 days after the earthquake in January 2010 that decimated the capital, Port- au-Prince and the country. We had to fly into the Dominican Republic as the PAP airport was damaged. We saw so many acute injuries and the immediate devastation first-hand.
This time we are flying into PAP directly. We will be spending the week again in and around some of the hardest hit areas.
I am excited to see Haitian friends I met on the first trip and to see the changes that have occurred since that first visit.
Our Rush team looks great – once again a collection of doctors, nurses, residents, students and therapists.
I will keep the Rush community updated with blog entries, photos and video.
Dr. Jeff Mjaanes
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center