Chip Lambert, a physician with Allegheny General Hospital and the medical director for the Pittsburgh-based Brother's Brother Foundation, is sitting on the tarmac at the airport in Port-au-Prince tonight, guarding two tons worth of medical supplies.
He arrived in Haiti by plane shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday and unloaded the supplies from the Brother's Brother Foundation. Dr. Lambert, of Sewickley, hopes to get to Leogane School of Nursing today. Dr. Lambert works for the Houston-based Medical Benevolence Foundation, which built the school through shared funding with a USAID grant.
Leogane is about 20 miles west of Port-au-Prince and was above the epicenter of last Tuesday's earthquake.
Dr. Lambert spoke briefly with the Post-Gazette using his BlackBerry, but the connection was weak and communication was difficult.
He was able to respond to an e-mail late tonight. Sleep was impossible, he said, as cargo planes roared overhead.
At the airport, "hoards of people" are preparing to board cargo planes to the United States. Armed military personnel are everywhere, he said, and USAID members appear to be handling logistics.
Security is a big issue and he has heard that carjackings are occurring on the roads. He has hired a contractor with armed transport capacity to get to Leogane. He plans to leave at 8 a.m. today.
Since arriving in Haiti, he has been unable to contact the medical staff in Leogane, but he heard before leaving Pittsburgh that Hopital St. Croix is not operational and that numerous fatalities have been reported.
He has also heard that 5,000 patients are in tents on the grounds of the nursing school.
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