Les Cayes Medical Clinic, Part 1

Les Cayes Medical Clinic, Part 1

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The medical clinic in Les Cayes began in earnest the moment the team unpacked.  The community was receptive, and they welcomed us warmly.  But what began as a slow trickle soon filled the small church to capacity for the remainder of the day.  Many patients came from miles away in order to see a medical practitioner without assurance they would receive treatment.  But the Among The Reeds team was determined.  They would see everyone.

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A small pharmacy was setup onstage (pictured left) while patients were seen by Debi Lammert (pictured right).

A small pharmacy was setup onstage (pictured left) while patients were seen by Debi Lammert (pictured right).

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The ATR team was joined by two medical practitioners, Debi Lammert and Adeline Barber, whose expertise and service proved invaluable throughout the remainder of their time with the team.

Adeline Barber (left) consulting a patient (right, wearing yellow) with translator Evans (center, above) while Paul takes notes (center, below).

Adeline Barber (left) consulting a patient (right, wearing yellow) with translator Evans (center, above) while Paul takes notes (center, below).

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Among The Reeds team member Patchouco (left) looks onward as new families arrive.

Among The Reeds team member Patchouco (left) looks onward as new families arrive.

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While the ATR medical practitioners were prepared to see patients with basic concerns, they were not equipped as a mobile surgical hospital.  This was exacerbated by the severity of maladies to which the team was exposed.  In one case in particular, a woman arrived with gangrene in her right foot.  The team was left with no choice but to drive her some distance away to a hospital where she could receive complimentary and proper ongoing treatment.

A woman with gangrene in her right foot.

A woman with gangrene in her right foot.

Flies began to swarm around the necrotic tissue.

Flies began to swarm around the necrotic tissue.

After applying a fresh bandage to the wound, one of the ATR team members took her directly to a hospital where she could get immediate attention.

After applying a fresh bandage to the wound, one of the ATR team members took her directly to a hospital where she could get immediate attention.

Les Cayes Medical Clinic, Part 2

Les Cayes Medical Clinic, Part 2

Arrival in Les Cayes

Arrival in Les Cayes