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Saturday, January 16, 2010

10 Min frm Airport-Amputees only get 200mg of Ibuprofen, lacking sutures & antibiotics


A report from friends of the Ritter's - Matthew 25 - As of 6:25 PM Friday night - 10 minutes from the airport. Doctors availabl,e but amputees only getting 200 mg Ibuprofen - they are lacking suture materials and antibiotics. "Our garbage is growing and we are out of plastic bags; bodies are still on the streets." Belgium MDs have been on site for several days. Matthew 25 notes there have been few Americans. They have been begging for supplies. Read more to see the full e-mail chain:

From: Matthew 25 House [mailto:] 
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 6:58 PM
To: Larry Canavera
Subject: Re: Your status, the conditions you have

Larry - that is a part of the plan, but I can tell you of our needs. Today we finally found some Belgian doctors who have been here 3 days and nicely asked me "Where are the Americans? We are a small country and we came right away. Americans talk big, but where are you?" So, Bonito knows half the plan of trying to get folks to the countryside and that is beginning to happen, but where are the emergency teams?
I am crushing pills to give children pain relief as we have no suspension. We begged for suture materials, for antibiotics. I have Ibuprohen 200 mg for people with amputated legs. Where are the helicopters going - transferring Embassy personnel? So give me a break - but it is hard to watch our e-mails of everyone wanting to help, so where are our Americans that want to help a country 2 hours away, when the Belgian MDs have been here for several days????? If personnel doesn't want to come, OK, but send us supplies. We have good Haitian MDs but we don't have supplies.
Our garbage is growing and we are out of plastic bags; bodies are still on the streets. Can you guess I am angry?


From: Larry Canavera <>
To: Matthew 25 House 
Sent: Fri, January 15, 2010 3:52:35 PM
Subject: you're status, the conditions you have
Dear Mary,Pat,Vivian,

Benito is signaling a pending shift --- that P-au-P/Delmas & Mt 25 should not be our focus for supplies because there is the need to move people out of the city and respond to their needs in adjacent areas, neighboring areas. Please comment on this. What do you project?

1 comment:

  1. Good luck Carol and Tom, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am telling my friends about your blog. Be safe, Cynthia

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