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St. Luke's Wood River Saving Lives In Haiti

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By Andrew Reed

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A volunteer group of St. Luke's Wood River staff traveled out of the country this month to provide life saving surgeries.

"It was so rewarding for us to see what good we could do and it makes us really appreciate all what we have here in the U.S. said Tiffany Miller, Surgical Technologist.

A group of seven St. Luke’s Wood River employee's donated their time and skills to provide medical treatment to a county in need.
a medical team worked at Adventist d' hospital...
a 70-bed facility outside of Port-Au-Prince.

The hospital facility where the team performed surgeries suffered from broken and outdated equipment and deteriorating buildings.

"The interesting part about some place like that is the lack of equipment that you are use to using on a day-to-day basis, every case was a scavenger hunt to try to find the things I need to pull it off” said John Driscoll, Anesthesiologist.

St. Luke’s provided medical equipment, from scrubs, gowns, medical instruments and medication.
To treat old trauma from the 2010 earthquake and congenital conditions.

"We saw a fair number of children with cerebral palsy, we saw a lot of femur fractures, hip fractures, tibia fracture all were usually a year or two old” said Dr. Daniel Judd, Orthopedic Surgeon.

Patients were grateful to see medical staff from the U.S.

"The doctors would go and talk to the families and the families would say thank you so much, you are more important to us than anything else” said Tiffany Miller, Surgical Technologist.

"Not only were the patients, the hospital employees all gracious, extremely nice and made us feel welcome and appreciated it was nice” said Dr. Daniel Judd, Orthopedic Surgeon.

Appreciation patients will never forget and an experience St. Luke's Wood River will always remember.


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