We boarded a C-130 plane and landed in Port au Prince around Noon. The airport was very congested with military airplanes and helicopters, mainly from the USA, and rescue teams from countries such as Poland, Spain, France, Holland, Turkey, Colombia, etc.
It was easy for us to leave he airport. The complications started with our cargo, three large crates full of medical supplies. We had to wait all afternoon to be moved from one corner of the airport to an other corner. When it was finally moved, it was placed in the FEMA section. The officers were kind enough to let us take our supply. The other problem was with the transport. The truck that was supposed to take our supply to Pignon broke down. We fortunately found a bus half full with Haitians escaping Port au Prince that could take us. We piled the top of the bus with supplies, but we had to leave some on the tarmac (hopefully will arrive in Pignon in the next few days).
We were finally ready to leave at night-time. It was too late for our team to take the helicopter. It took us two hours to get through the traffic jam in Port au Prince, and after driving a few hours the driver recommended to stop for the night, because the road ahead is in very bad condition and he did not feel safe to travel it at night. We stayed in a hotel in Mirabelais. Early in the morning we left for the last leg of the trip, a four-hour journey over terrible road. I gave the teddy bear to a little girl, Jessica Aldius, who was escaping Port au Prince after her home was destroyed a few family members perished.
After lunch, we went to the hospital to bring our supplies, assess the needs,and meet the previous team. The hospital is full of patients who were evacuated from Port au Prince by air. Mainly fractures and crush injuries. Our team will overlap with the team currently in Pignon for a few days, then our team will take over completely. It is estimated that the need will continue for some time. Orthopedic surgeons and ward physicians will be in need. An ER physician and I will be doing the pre-op and post-op care. We already changed a few dressings, but real work will start tomorrow.
Thank you everyone for your support.