(PORTLAND, OR Feb 4, 2010) Medical Teams International volunteer nurse, Anne Blaufus, will return Friday, Feb. 5 from Haiti's earthquake zone.
Anne Blaufus is an ER nurse with Providence Hospital in Portland. The flight will now arrive at the Portland International Airport at 11:13 p.m. (Delta Airlines Flight 745). FOR MEDIA ONLY: Anne will be available for questions at Delta Airlines baggage claim.
Anne Blaufus is a member of the first-in team on the scene after the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving more than 1 million homeless. Anne immediately dropped her plans for a vacation to the Cayman Islands, a non-refundable trip, so she could serve for nearly a month to help save lives in Haiti.
Anne has served on previous "first-in" teams with Medical Teams International. She was on the first team into Honduras in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch decimated villages in Central America. She also served on disaster response teams in Liberia, Uganda and Sri Lanka.
These past few weeks in Haiti have been Anne's second trip to the island nation. Her first was in 2004 after Hurricane Jeanne ripped across the countryside.
Medical Teams International is accepting cash contributions now to help Haiti. To make an immediate, secure gift, please go to www.medicalteams.org. Or call, 1-(800)-959-HEAL. Or send your contribution to: P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207-0010. People can also text “HOPE” to 253-83 to give an automatic $10.
Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than $1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 45 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2,600 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year. Donations can be made by calling (503) 624-1000 or by logging on to www.medicalteams.org.