A bittersweet re-union today -- an 83-year-old man with a serious arm injury arm was carried in. The doctor who treated him was his daughter-in-law from New Jersey. She and her husband had come here to help and search for their family.
"Did you ever expect that you'd be taking care of your father in law?" Ashton Dr. Marie Carmelle asked.
"No, of course not," Carmelle said.
He should survive, but will likely lose his arm -- one of the more than 20 amputations occurring in this clinic every day.
We learned firsthand how difficult transporting patients in these conditions can be when we accompanied five patients from this facility to the Israeli field hospital. One patient in critical condition almost suffered a cardiac arrest en route; she died shortly after arriving.
The entire clinic is about to relocate, a mile up the road.
But once they get there, this will be a much more sophisticated facility. They're setting up four tents, putting down hardwood floors, and installing air conditioning and running water. They will be able to perform surgery here, x-rays and run basic lab tests - and accommodate almost 300 patients. This will be much better for the patients.
One more piece of good news. Thethat we've been caring for for the past four days who was deteriorating yesterday was finally airlifted to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors say she's improved.