Updates on LMH nurse's mission to Haiti
Early this morning, LMH nurse Karin Feltman posted on her Facebook page that she had landed safely in Orlando, completing a week long medical mission trip to Haiti. Before boarding an Air Force jet, Feltman spent much of yesterday "baking on the tarmac" waiting for a flight home.
On Sunday evening, Karin's sister Kim Banning-Bohmann shared an e-mail Karin had sent giving a quick up date on the work she had done.
"We did a feeding today. It was physically brutal but we passed out enough food to feed 3200 people. Between clinics and food we served over 5,000 in 5 days," the e-mail read.
Another excerpt from an e-mail that Karin Feltman sent home from Haiti. We've done a little editing to make it easier to read online.
"Things are going well here. Today we set up a clinic in a small tent camp close to the compound where we're staying. I thought it would take only a couple of hours to see (patients), but the pastor that "runs" the camp got on a bullhorn when we arrived and announced the clinic. People poured in from the hillside. We were swamped. We've seen thousands of patients.
Tomorrow we go on a "feeding" to deliver food to a neighborhood. I am exhausted but energized, if that makes any sense? The feeding program will be a nice change of pace. Though, we have to worry a little about rioting during the drop. They are desperate to eat and they often fight for the little food we can provide.
It was sad. During the clinic we kept telling people they needed to take medication for food or that they were dehydrated and needed to drink lots of food and water. But, they don't have any. That's something we don't have to deal with at home. Thank god."
Here's the latest update from Karin Feltman. She e-mailed the note to her sister, Kim Banning-Bohmann, Friday night:
"It was a good day.....but an emotional one. We're getting to hear people's stories and they'll break your heart! Tomorrow we're going to do a feeding as well as a med clinic. We've seen about 1,500 patients. I'm functioning as a doc. We only have one other, an ENT."
"Evening! Long good day. Hundreds of patients. Our ride didn't come and we were in the slum in the dark with all our stuff surrounded by a huge crowd. Had to hire a mini van taxi and crammed 13 of us and 4 suitcases into it and 2 guys on top! Out of food when we got to camp. Nice. Eating a backpack meal as we speak!"
Below is an e-mail that Karin Feltman's sister Kim Banning-Bohmann shared with friends and family. Karin sent it Wednesday, her first full day in Haiti. We did a tiny bit of editing to the e-mail to make it easier to read online.
I am back at camp and safe. There was some serious gunfire during the afternoon. The Haiti government was staging a "feeding" where they basically throw bags of rice and beans in the street and make everyone fend for themselves. A small riot broke out, so the security personnel were firing into the air to scare/calm the crowd. It scared them but didn't calm them much.
We were able to shut down for a few minutes until we deemed it safe. Then we continued to treat patients. We probably saw about 400 patients in all, maybe more like 500.
We delivered and successfully resuscitated a baby. And, I started an IV and gave meds and prayers to a woman they carried in that I swear was less than 30 minutes from death. She was sitting up and smiling when we left.
Well, off to bed. More of the same tomorrow.
Love you! k
Karin Feltman has arrived in Haiti for a week long mission to one of the poorest and neediest parts of Port-au-Prince, the Carrefour neighborhood. Karin's sister Kim Banning-Bohmann sent out an e-mail to friends and family Wednesday afternoon sharing a text message that Karin had sent. "Gunshots very close to our med tent. May have to evacuate. Send prayers! ," the text message read. Other than that, Feltman said the clinic is going well. And, her French is "coming in handy" as there are few translators. LJWorld.com will be providing updates as we receive them.