As the deputy of operations at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Love A Child Disaster Recovery Center (HHI-LAC-DRC), I facilitated transfers into and out of our field hospital. Daily communications with the navy ship allowed us to accept patients with needs for ongoing rehabilitative care. As one of the largest rehabilitation field hospitals in Haiti we aim to provide ongoing rehabilitative medical services for affected Haitians. We are also providing intensive case management service to help patients and their families return to their communities and rebuild their lives.
One day I obtained clearance from the Comfort to fly via helicopter to improve the process of transfers. Surrounded by the vibrating hum of helicopter, dust settling on my sweat ridden skin, we lifted and headed west to Port-au-Prince. With my helmet in place obliterating the high pitched sounds, I first gazed down at our patient (who had here eyes closed likely in fear) to make sure she was ok, I gazed at the ground below me. As we headed west the landscape changed, providing an aerial view of the structural damage of the earthquake.