Mar 10, 2010 7:56 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo doctors provide more medical help in Haiti

A team of surgeons from Pueblo is back from a relief mission is Haiti. Its been three months since the massive earthquake hit killing more than 200,000 people and injuring thousands more.

New photos from Haiti show a nation still fractured including some of its people. "Fractures, the amputation, the bones that aren't going to heal," said Dr. Smith, "And the vast majority of those injuries will not get addressed."

Doctor James Smith and nine colleagues from Pueblo recently spent a week in Haiti. Fixing broken bones and delivering much needed medical supplies, everything from walkers to surgical tools. "They were very happy to see that," said Dr. Smith.

Smith was in Haiti for the second time, since the earthquake. "I had a lot of reasons to be interested in going back," said Dr. Smith. Not only to help victims, he wanted to see the aftermath a month later. You can see clean-up has been slow, but among the people Smith says there's hope. 

"They now have the greeting band at the airport that they used to have every time you flew into Haiti before the earthquake," said Dr. Smith.

"The other thing that is very heartening is to go back there and see the all the volunteers that are coming in," said Dr. Smith. In fact, Smith and his group are planning to go back next month to once again help the injured.

"They need a lot of care, so we're going to take a medical team and a dental team and keep repairing these fractures."
A small group of volunteers who's efforts will have a lasting impact.

During this past trip, Smith says they spent a lot of time in the city of Gonaives. It wasn't damaged by the quake but, Smith says hundreds of thousands of victims have relocated to that city and other parts of the country.


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