Haiti Surgical Mission Conclusion: Up close and personal – videos, pictures and recap (Part 4)


March 25, 2010
by Michael Cerkas

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Whalen

It’s been over two months now since the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just outside Port Au Prince, Haiti.  For the people that live there, the natural disaster literally and figuratively shook their world. Recovery efforts continue as the city’s present and future was unmistakably and forever altered by a 60 second slice of chaos filled with fear, horror and human loss.

As a final chapter in the historic and first surgical mission from the Green Bay, Wisconsin area,

included are a series of videos and photographs taken during the mission trip by members of the team.  Hopefully, they will convey the type of work performed and provide an overview of the facilities.  You will experience the sights of the earthquake aftermath through the eyes of others.  This visual cornucopia will stir thoughts and emotions about the people of Haiti as you witness their desperate attempt to seek a time of healing and a return to normalcy in their lives.

The well-planned and executed mission resulted in 45 procedures in three full days of surgery.   Patients endured long waits to have their surgeries scheduled in advance of the mission.  Accordingly, the surgical team, once in place and mobilized, endured and overcame regular power outages during the procedures. They also adapted to limited equipment and a variety of instruments and supplies, along with less than optimal circumstances and environment.  All told, the effort was an overwhelming success and all patients left the clinic in better health than when they arrived.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Surgical Mission Overview

  • Date: March 3-7, 2010
  • Location: Double Harvest Medical/Surgical Clinic at Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
  • Origin: Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Surgical Team: 5 surgeons, 5 registered nurses, 5 surgical technicians, 2 CRNA’s (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), 2 cooks/general admin and 1 interpreter
  • Surgical Procedures: 45 total (15 hysterectomies, 10 fatty tumor/lump removals, 9 hydroceles, 3 breast lump removals, 2 baby deliveries, 1 amputation, 1 circumcision, 1 mini-laperotomy/tubal ligation, 1 post-partum tubal ligation, 1 hand trauma repair, 1 malignant penectomy)
  • Hospitals Represented: Aurora/BayCarePrevea/St. Mary’sBellinSt. Vincent

As a direct result of the huge success of this surgical mission, a second-return mission to the same location has already been scheduled for June 8-13, 2010.  Anyone curious to learn more about this mission or interested in making a donation to support future missions, please visit the sponsors of the trip, Friends of Haiti.  Also, any questions regarding the trip can be directed to the author (below).

Video Library: Presidential Palace and Courthouse in ruins:

Video Library: A city of tents in Port Au Prince and the demolished cathedral:


Video Library: Clinic Tour & Patient Consultation


Video Library: OR (operating room) supplies:


Video Library: Patient Transfer was a Group Event:


Video Library: Surgery by Flashlight due to frequent power outages:


Video Library: Highlights of one of many hysterectomies performed:


Video Library: Witness an unbelievable hydrocele on an adult male:


Video Library: Watch an Ovarian Abscess being removed:


Video Library: See what self-sustaining farming is as you visit the Double Harvest Tilapia Pond where your food is swimming as it grows:

  1. Beautiful! Your generosity to help in Haiti is wonderful! We went down in July after the earthquake, knocked down a school that was damaged and have rebuilt several times. Now our school made out of shipping containers is doing great, educating children and their families in sustainable ways. We have a book we are working on publishing called SPARKS of Passions which tells the story from many different people’s views 🙂 How interesting that I would be attracted to your website and find Haiti footage. Best wishes!

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    • Maria, it is breathtakingly beautiful to see such extreme compassion on display in support of helping fellow human beings. The Spirit flows in a powerful fashion when committed children of God put their minds and bodies together in a redeeming way. Once found and leveraged, each person shines their amazing light upon the world as witness to the Power of Love that sustains every living thing. God bless you!

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