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HAITI QUAKE: World Vision Situation Update
Date:1/16/2010

re racing against the clock."  

Many of the injured have started to develop gangrene because they did not receive timely and adequate medical care.  Family members of patients are taking measures into their own hands since the hospital system is completely overwhelmed and suffering serious structural damages; one World Vision volunteer saw an amputation performed in the hallways of the general hospital using unhygienic tools. World Vision volunteers also have seen a severed foot become an amputated leg because the wounds were not sterilized.

Amputation tools and supplies to sterilize wounds are in short supply; World Vision anticipates a need for significant amounts of crutches and braces for earthquake amputees.

Children alone and at risk

World Vision has started to identify children who have become separated from their parents. The organization has expressed concern about the number of children who are leaving Port-au-Prince and walking into towns outside the city to find help. World Vision's Dominican Republic staff in the border town of Jimani are helping provide food, water, and medical care to hundreds of unaccompanied children who fled Port-au-Prince for the border, either alone or who became separated from parents along the way.

There were a significant number of children in orphanages prior to the disaster, and World Vision staff acknowledge that the earthquake certainly has created more orphans.  Because the quake struck during school hours, there are hundreds of children who simply have not found their parents.

Donations to World Vision's Haiti Quake Response can be made by calling 888-56-CHILD, at

SOURCE World Vision U.S.
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