Donated medical supplies shipped from NC to Haiti

This anesthesia machine arranged by a Raleigh doctor, is on its way to Jacmal Missionairy Hospital in Haiti so medical staff can perform upper body surgeries. Without this machine, only lower body operations have been performed. (WTVD/Shae Crisson)

January 26, 2010 1:08:43 PM PST
Donated medical supplies are on their way from Johnston County to Haiti aboard a plane headed to areas where help has been very limited.

A Raleigh doctor helped the Clayton Rotary Club and Horne Memorial United Methodist Church get an anesthesia machine. Once in Haiti, the machine will probably help save lives.

Also included in the delivery are bandages, antibiotics and other medical supplies that will help the seriously injured.

"As I understand, they have a lot of crushing injuries, internal injuries," explained Jim Lee, Clayton Rotary Club. "They might have a piece of concrete or steel that went through their chest cavity. This machine will allow them to anesthetize people to do that."

The Connecticut pilot who owns the plane answered the so-called SOS to help the people of Haiti get the supplies donated by people in NC.

"What's needed for this mission is a plane that can carry lot of cargo, can go far and land in unapproved airstrips," said Joe Howley, pilot and owner of the Swiss made Pilatus. "And very few planes can do all three. When I was called and told about this equipment, [I was] only too happy to help out."

Howley also will deliver supplies to ten orphans that the Horne Methodist Church has been taking care of.

The children have been sleeping on the ground with their caretakers, and some of those caretakers have been getting sick. There are mats and supplies for the caretakers as well.

The church is trying to bring the children to the U.S., but so far, that's been put on hold by the Haitian government. In the meantime, the church hopes the donations will help.

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