(PORTLAND, OR Jan 21, 2010) Dr. Dan Diamond from Bremerton, Wash. who left for Haiti with a Medical Teams International disaster relief team last Friday will call in at 12:00 p.m. NOON PST, today, January 21 with a live report from the field.
Dr. Diamond is one of 19 volunteer doctors and nurses from throughout the Pacific Northwest that are now in place in Haiti, performing surgeries and treating hundreds of people each day at the 350-bed Kings Hospital, just outside Port-au-Prince since they arrived in Haiti last Friday. A shipment of $1.1 million worth of medicines and medical supplies also arrived in Port au Prince today. For more information on the work Dr. Diamond has been doing in Haiti, please visit his blog at www.medicalteams.org.
In addition, Medical Teams International is sending their seventh team of medical volunteers to Haiti today from both Washington and Oregon. Volunteers include Bob Rankin, MD from Bremerton Wash., Registered Nurses; Colette Whelan from Bend, Ore., Cathy Ellis from Eugene, Ore., Janice O’Connor from Bainbridge Island, Wash. and Melanie Thomas from Burns, Ore. They will be helping with post-operative care at King’s hospital. For the Seattle team, please be at SeaTac Int’l Airport at the United Airlines ticket counter at 9:30am to interview both Bob Rankin and Janice O’Connor. The Oregon team is leaving from the Redmond/Bend, Oregon airport. For further details, please call Lee Keller at 206.799.3805 flight details and additional information.
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.