Recovery is painfully — if not tragically — slow in the poor island nation of Haiti. More than three years after the tiny country was devastated by an earthquake while still recovering from the 2008 tsunami and hurricane, reconstruction is negligible. More than 350,000 Haitians are languishing in tent camps. Earlier this year, Dr. Michael T. Brown MBA ’07 — a founder of Spring Ridge Surgical Specialists in Wyomissing, Pa., who specializes in surgical oncology — joined a weeklong medical mission trip to northern Haiti, lending his considerable skills to relieve suffering there. He went with a group of 22 physicians and health- care providers from Reading, Connecticut and California.
It had been at least six months since any of the locals had seen a doctor, according to Brown. “There is some medical care, but you have to pay for it. And since they can’t afford it, it’s like it doesn’t exist for most of the people.”
“We saw 1,400 patients and did 108 operations,” Brown says. All, it should be noted, at no cost to the recipients.
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