Local couple helps Haiti

"I think it shows how physicians really live and breath what they're taught and their oaths they take," said Musto. "I think it takes a lot of dedication, it shows they really love what thy do and it really is a testament to the physicians we have at Community Care."

Ashley Hart has been in the medical field for nearly two years and this was her first medical trip to Haiti. She previously went on two other mission trips with her husband to Tijuana, Mexico, before entering her profession.

"It was definitely eye-opening," she said. "When we got there it looked like the earthquake had happened within the lastfew weeks."

She said the group saw about 300 patients a day during the week and she treated a range of medical problem including infections, asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure, muscular pain and the group even gave out eye glasses.

"The patients that we saw, there was nowhere for them to go to get the health care they needed," she said. "The hospitals were mainly reserved for surgeries for people who were really bad."

Ashley and Andrew Hart both said a 4-year-old boy they helped with club feet, which is a deformity of the feet where they are pointing inwards and down, was the most memorable experience from the trip.

The boy had casts on both legs that were put on four months ago, and they needed to be removed. The group made shoes to protect his feet from infection and helped his mother get set up with Doctors Without Borders, so he could get the needed surgery.

Andrew Hart fondly remembered searching for crutches small enough to fit the boy, but even the smallest crutches that were available didn't work. He ended up sawing down a pair of the smallest crutches and prepared them to be useable after the adjustment.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment