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Stories from Haiti

Student story

Student Story – Matthew Stewart
It was a month before I would put my white coat on for the first time. I ran across a photo online of Dr. Joe Curry and Dr. Adam Luginbuhl checking in on a patient who had just undergone a laryngectomy––but in Haiti...



Dire Need for Radiation Therapy in Haiti
Dominque, a Haitian resident studying with Dr. Jean-Gilles, discusses the frustration she faces daily. She knows radiation therapy is the answer, but instead must watch helplessly while her patients die needlessly...


Day Three PM

Haiti Day Three – PM – Helpless
Later in the day on Saturday, our surgeons went to the open-air clinic to see a patient. In stark contrast to a U.S. physician’s office, there were no walls, only a metal roof above rows of wooden benches...


Day Three

Haiti Day Three – AM – Ban Poison Darts
Day three begins with a formal lesson, a sermon on kindness. At 7 a.m., we join about ten Haitians for a Catholic Mass in an open-air chapel...


Day Two

Haiti Day Two – Soul
The word for day two is soul. My first recollections of the word soul are from my very early years in parochial elementary school...


Day One

Haiti Day One – Humanity
I am in a very small unair-conditioned pickup truck traversing Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It’s hot. Three of us are crammed in the backseat...



There's a Chance That Lives in Every Dream
A story by David Caldarella, a stage IV cancer survivor and grateful patient.