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Operation Smile Expands Its Medical Efforts to Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti
Date:2/4/2010

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the continued need for critical medical and surgical care for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Operation Smile, Inc. has further mobilized its global resources and sent three highly skilled medical teams and over 2 1/2 tons of medical equipment and supplies into the region over the last two days.  The Operation Smile volunteer teams, which are comprised of 44 credentialed plastic and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, therapists, critical care nurses, and technicians, will be deployed across three locations in Haiti. This broadly coordinated effort comes less than two weeks after Operation Smile sent a team of 20 medical volunteers and over three tons of life-saving medical equipment and supplies to Haiti.  

The first of the three teams has replaced an existing group of Operation Smile medical volunteers located an hour east of Port-au-Prince in Fond Parisien. This initial disaster relief group had been in Haiti since January 24 and, with the assistance of other humanitarian organizations and Operation Smile staff, helped established a comprehensive medical and surgical compound that expanded the capacity and level of care in Fond Parisien. "This site is one of the best I've seen in Haiti.  You have a collaboration of Non-Governmental Organizations coming together that can sustain the work for the long haul," said Harry Mayer, U.S. Government Liaison to the Pan American Health Organization.

The capabilities of this enhanced facility resulted in an influx of patients from around the country including patients transferred from the USNS Comfo
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