For the past 3.5 months I’ve been an intern (and for a month, a paid employee) of a UK medical charity called Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International). In October we sent an orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery team to Indonesia following the earthquake there, and saved both lives and limbs that other surgeons and doctors could not save.
This time we’re sending out a team to Haiti, which will be a bigger project but will also include an orthopaedic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon. While there were numerous orthopaedic surgeons operating in Indonesia after that country’s October earthquake, we were the only organisation carrying out reconstructive soft tissue surgery. It appears we will be the only, or one of a very limited number of organisations with such expertise this time in Haiti.
If you’d like to read more about the work in Indonesia of our surgeon, Dr Waseem Saeed, check out http://www.merlin.org.uk/Lists/News-Detail.aspx?id=831
If you’d like to donate to help support our current mission in Haiti, please click here