February 26, 2010

Naperville Doctor Returns from Haiti

For Dr. Jennifer McNulty, a pediatric emergency physician at Edward Hospital in Naperville, 12-hour shifts are routine. Early this month, she spent 10 days in Haiti treating earthquake survivors.

“Every day you would see something that made you stop, a car completely crushed. Another car sitting in the middle of the road that looked like it had been turned over 6 times just crushed on every side,” she said.

Haiti national soccer stadium served as a giant hospital, with tents made of tarp transformed into mini-clinics and lines of people waiting for medical attention at any given time. Dr. McNulty’s team of three doctors and three nurses arrived two weeks after the earthquake, yet still saw severe injuries.

“Babies with skull fractures, and people with dislocated shoulders,” McNulty said. “People weren’t even having their nerve working in their shoulder because it had been dislocated for so long.”

Working in the 95-degree sticky Haitian heat without things like electronic medical monitors definitely took its toll. So Dr. McNulty and her team left behind boxes of medical supplies and drugs for a permanent children’s clinic. The doctor is hopeful her little patients are in good Haitian hands now.

“When you take care of cute little kids, it’s fun whether they’re Haitian or whether they live in Naperville. It’s rewarding,” she said.

If you’d like to give money, visit heartlandalliance.org, click on the donate link and specify that you want your dollars to go medical teams in Haiti.


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