N.C. Baptist Men return from Haiti
Posted January 22, 2010 9:38 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2010 11:01 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Members of the North Carolina Baptist Men returned on Friday from a mission helping the people of Haiti, where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Jan. 12 killing an estimated 200,000 people.
“The devastation was dramatic,” said Jack Carroll, of Hamlet.
The group worked at a Haiti hospital with bed for 50 patients, but was treating more than 250.
“You had nowhere to put them but on the floor,” said Jack Frazier, a Cary firefighter.
In many cases, Carroll said he was often forced to make due without proper medical supplies.
“There were some who were so severely burned. You will never forget trying to dress a wound, there is no anesthesia,” he said.
There are some patients Frazier said he will always carry with him, like a 9-year-old boy who came in with his brother and father for treatment. The boy had a spinal injury and lost feeling in his arms and legs.
“I tried to explain through the brother that I was going to try to pray for him and his family,” Frazier said.
Frazier said that within 2 hours of coming into the hospital, the boy passed away.
“Those are the things that stick with you,” he said.
The returning team says they worked along side two Haitian doctors whose clinic had been destroyed in the quake.
While in country, the North Carolina team says they felt a number of after-shocks.
The North Carolina Baptist Men's group plans to send more teams into Haiti.