Skull fracture kid is alive and doing well – Haiti Update 04/16/10

Posted: April 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Update – I saw skull fracture boy today and he was responsive, answering questions, eating, drinking, and sitting up.

Last night was so wonderful.  I got to sleep at 10:30 to a nice cool breeze.  I fell asleep right away and knew I would get a wonderful nights rest.  YA RIGHT!!!!!!!!!

We got a call at 11:15 that we needed to transport a critical 6 year old to the University of Miami.  His O2 sats were in the tank (50%) on high flow O2 and his heart was thready.  We got there 10 minutes after the call and started to setup for the transfer when he codes.  The doctors and nurses were great.  They began CPR and started pushing drugs on him.  About 5 minutes later he came back with a strong pulse.  Now it was our turn to get him there safely.

Out of the blue a driver in an ambulance shows up.  it was one of the 2 donated rigs sent from Milan for the earthquake.  Up until last night they were decorative lawn ornaments.  Never used.   Never moved.  We open the doors and what do we find.  Not a damn thing.  No O2, suction, supplies.  Just a bench and a bed.  We scramble, get O2 in there, I grabbed 2 nurses and a doc and we load up.

I think the driver thought we were on a Sunday stroll because it took 30 minutes in no traffic to get to UM.  Had little Paul been behind the wheel we would have made record time.  I can see him now flying down the road, code 3, lights and sirens whaling.  The boy should have been a NASCAR driver.

We got the kid in and the UM team took over.  We stayed around for about 10 minutes and headed home.  By the time I got home it was 2 a.m.

We had to stop by the University of Miami today to drop off some supplies and I followed up with the 2 kids we recently transferred.  Skull fracture boy is doing amazingly well and 6 year old boy has Cardio Myopathy.  We are going to see if he gets better on his own because we’re pretty sure their is no transplant list here.

That’s all for today.  I hope you have a wonderful day and be safe


  1. Mma Afoaku says:

    Keep up the fantastic work Mr. Paul!

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