Doctors head to Haiti.
Article Type: Reprint
Subject: Wounds and injuries (Care and treatment)
Missions, Medical (Planning)
Physicians (Planning)
Author: Shaner, Cassie
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284
Issue: Date: March-April, 2010 Source Volume: 106 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 220 Strategy & planning Computer Subject: Company business planning
Product: Product Code: 8011000 Physicians & Surgeons NAICS Code: 621111 Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)
Persons: Named Person: Fogarty, Dave
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Haiti Geographic Code: 5HAIT Haiti
Accession Number: 223908175
Full Text: Dr. Dave Fogarty had planned to go to Haiti in March. But after last week's earthquake, he decided to leave a little sooner.

"It's a different type of trip now," Fogarty said. "It's totally changed."

Fogarty, a Morgantown plastic surgeon, has been to Haiti several times before for Interplast WV, the local chapter of a national organization that provides reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries.

Fogarty and six other Morgantown health care providers are heading to Haiti this week to help treat earthquake victims at Hospital de Bienfaisance in Pignon.

Fogarty is leaving at about 5 this evening. He be drive a UHaul truck loaded with about 2 tons of medical supplies to Miami, where he will meet up with the rest of the medical team Friday.

A C-130 Coast Guard plane will then fly them to Port-au-Prince, and a helicopter will take them to Pignon, which is about 12 hours from Haiti's capital--by ground.

Trauma patients are being taken to the hospital by helicopter for treatment, Fogarty said.

The team should arrive at the hospital Saturday, and they expect to be there for at least a month.

"They need us," Fogarty said, explaining why he wanted to go. "The need is overwhelming. It's unbelievable. They say it's worse than the tsunami, hundreds of thousands of bodies lying in the streets."

Many of the victims need urgent medical care, Fogarty said. Without it, their wounds could become infected, and in some cases, deadly.

The supplies Fogarty is taking will help. Fogarty initially planned to haul about 2,000 pounds of supplies, but local hospitals, community groups and individuals provided additional items and donations.

"They've really come out of the woodwork," Fogarty said, who is still seeking donations. "There's really been a community outpouring to help us. We're going to be taking about 4,000 pounds of supplies."

The Cheat Lake Rotary Club collected money at its Tuesday meeting, raising about $1,040.

Charter member Gary Cobun knew Fogarty and was familiar with his work in Haiti. He contacted Fogarty on Monday to see what Rotary could do to help.

"He said they needed money for medical supplies," Cobun said. "We just thought that would be the quickest way to make it happen.... We wanted him to know that the community's behind him."

Charlotte Stewart, of Care Partners Home Health, took up a collection for the team's trip at work Tuesday. She's raised $100 so far, and she hopes other home health care providers will follow her lead.

"We're challenging others to meet that or go beyond it," Stewart said. "We're just trying to get people to contribute to Dr. Fogarty and Interplast's work in Haiti."

Fogarty got involved with Interplast while he was training at Stanford University, more than 30 years ago. Since then, he's taken 97 trips to 25 different countries.

He founded Interplast WV when he moved to Morgantown in 1980. Members of the local chapter have been to Ecuador, Peru and other countries to treat burns, as well as cleft palates and other congenital deformities. They've been working in Haiti for about six years.


Lucille Pierce, a WVU Hospitals operating room nurse, has worked with Dr. Fogarty and Interplast for 25 years. She's been to Haiti four times before, and she's going again this week.

"You look at all the pictures of devastation, and it pulls at your heartstrings," Pierce said. "You feel that you have gifts to give.... I want to go do that."

Fogarty is already planning a follow-up trip to Haiti in April. He said the medical team he takes will likely include a mix of specialties, but it will depend on the needs identified during this week's trip.


* Dr. Greg O'Malley, orthopedic surgeon

* Dr. Jerome Johnson, chest surgeon

* Dr. Tim Nelms, emergency room physician

* Dr. Dave Fogarty, plastic surgeon

* Alice Lorenze, nurse anesthetist

* Lucille Pierce, operating room nurse

Reprinted with Permission from The Dominion Post, Jan 20, 2010
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