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    (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | DR. MICHAEL HAY) Dr. Michael Hay and Dr. Donald Behr of Graham Regional Medical Center traveled to Haiti earlier this month to help with medical care following an August earthquake in the country. On Aug. 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti approximately 75 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace hit on Aug. 16 and 17.
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    (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | DR. MICHAEL HAY)

GRMC doctors assist in Haiti after earthquake

On Aug. 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti approximately 75 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace made matters worse on Aug. 16 and 17, after more than 1 million were already exposed to the earthquake, which triggered landslides and a large number of deaths and injuries as well as extensive damage to infrastructure.

Living and working in the southern region of Haiti known as Jacmel is JN Baptiste Ladouceur, who had spent time in Graham as a medical student. He had kept in touch with Dr. Michael Hay and reached out with an urgent call for help after the earthquake had caused widespread deaths and injuries to a region adjacent to his.

“I committed to go and asked Dr. (Donald) Behr and my certified first assist, Mark Fanning, to accompany me,” Hay said. “Although I know their dedication to helping patients, I also knew that it could potentially be a dangerous trip. Neither declined and what transpired was a trip we will never forget.”

The trip began Sept. 1 It had been pushed back so the entire team could remain intact during the duration of the trip. It also allowed more time for the collection of donations and supplies. In total, Hay said, the team brought five suitcases weighing nearly 300 pounds of medical supplies from GRMC, United Regional Medical Center, and medications from Brent Jordan.

With the help of Mission Aviation Fellowship, the team had reached Les Cayes and immediately got to work.

For the rest of the story, see the Sept. 18 edition of The Graham Leader.

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