By Steven Louis, M.D.
Director of Orthopaedic Trauma
Good Samaritan Hospital
Editor’s Note: Dr. Louis and several colleagues were invited to be a part of the sixth University of Maryland Medical team to help earthquake survivors in Haiti. Below are excerpts of an e-mail Dr. Louis sent to the UM team after returning to Illinois.
It is difficult to put all of what has happened and all of what has and is still going through my head, down in plain words on paper.
When people ask me how was the trip, my first response was hell. It is a great way to let them all know right off the bat of the conditions down there, from the structural, economic, climate, transportation, security, social and political situations. They all perk up after I say this. Then I go into what great work was getting done and how rewarding it was to be part of it. I tell them that I have never worked so hard in my life, and that there is LOTS more work left!
I want you to know that my team and I will never forget what we were a part of down there. As I said to you when we were down there together, we appreciate the invitation to help out, and we are all ready to spend another taxing (but rewarding) week down there.
You guys, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, have put together a real class act that has far-reaching potential to make a huge difference. It is our honor to have been a part of the team, and we hope to be a part of a future team.