Exerpt from 2/9/2010 blog by Edward Rawson
Before I came to Haiti after the quake, I was hearing the numbers on the news. Before I arrived the estimated death toll was already over 160,000. By the time I got settled in to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer campus I was reading over 200,000 dead. The statistics were saying over a million directly affected by the quake. All these numbers were so abstract to me. Sure it sounded like a lot of people. I could imagine my home city of Pittsburgh, has a population of around 300,000 people, so that means around two thirds of the Pittsburgh's population would have died over the course of 30 seconds and over the next few hours and days. But still that was so abstract an idea I could hardly wrap my mind around it.
Now the hundreds of thousands of patients with broken bones, amputated legs, horrible scrapes and bruises will wait patiently for their wounds to heal. More surgeries will happen, but now we will be fixing the rough field hospital amputations and other procedures, reducing infections, skin grafts, and removing of external fixing devices. Though HAS is still overcrowded and filled with major procedures yet to be preformed, it looks less full than it did a few weeks ago. Now we are seeing many injuries NOT related to the earthquake. Taptap (taxis) and motorcycle crashes are very common as well as cases of TB, Malaria and other illnesses.