El Paso Surgeon Heads To Haiti
POSTED: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 8:24am
UPDATED: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 9:58pm
EL PASO--- Going over every last detail, Dr. John Taylor, an El Paso surgeon, is now on his way to the island of Haiti.
"I couldn't have been more excited about doing this. I had a lot of support, so mentally I'm really psyched about it," said Taylor.
Taylor says the mission for doctors and surgeons has changed in the country.
"Initially they had a lot of trauma, amputations, crush injuries. Probably now at this stage we'll have to perform some amputations but it's going to be a lot of wound care, people trying to recover from those injuries, and they may not heal as fast as normal," he said.
That's because the rainy season is fast approaching.
Relief workers say typhoid and malaria are already infecting families, and medicine is running out.
"It's going to be a major culture shock. Right now it's supposed to be the rainy season down there, so I'm ready to get pretty wet, soaked. I've got my mosquito netting, I think I'm prepared for it, but we'll see, I'm sure," he said.
Early rains have already turned some camps into quagmires, increasing the chances of children and parents getting diseases.
But Taylor says he's ready to tackle whatever he encounters.
"I'm expecting to do, working 7 to 7. They said it's going to be a lot of long hours. We'll probably be in surgery most of the day, taking care of whatever comes in," he said.
No word on when Taylor will return to the Borderland.