Local Doctors Return from Haiti
POSTED: Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 10:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
Two local doctors have returned to El Paso after spending nearly two week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Dr. Leonardo Loiaza and Dr. Marco Diaz were helping victims of the earthquake.
While he's helped many patients over the years, Dr. Leonardo Loaiza says he's never seen anything like what he experienced in Haiti.
"This is beyond whatever experience I've had before in my life. This is much more overwhelming," said Loaiza.
He and Texas Tech colleague Dr. Marco Diaz left for Haiti soon after January 12th, when the massive earthquake struck Port-au-Prince.
The pair arrived to the country and set up a base at the city's only pediatric hospital. One of the issues they saw first-hand was transferring patients that needed care.
Diaz says they didn't have the medical support to transport the patients so they had to use "tap taps", or colorful buses that play loud music, to bring in the wounded.
They say they tried to keep their hopes up, sometimes after a 36-hour shift. The pair would try to catch up on sleep in their tent set up on the hospital's roof-top overlooking a city surrounded by destruction and death.