LA aid workers describe conditions in Haiti

By Caroline Moses - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisianians continue to answer the call for help in Haiti. Many doctors and pastors from the state are at ground zero in the devastated island nation.

A team of doctors who call themselves the "Greene Team" traveled from Baton Rouge to Haiti early this week. Craig Greene, an orthopedic surgeon, organized the effort. His mother, Cathy, is helping him from home.

"He just said, 'I've got to go,' she said. "He just feels like God called him to do it."

The group coordinated with Healing Place Church. Pastor Mike Haman described the feel of the aftershock experienced Wednesday morning.

"The whole mountain began to shake under our feet," Haman said. "It lasted about five seconds. Talking to locals, they said in respect to what happened last week, that was small. So, I can only imagine the trauma they experienced."

Greene and his team are experiencing that trauma first-hand. In just one night, they saw more than 200 bone fractures and thousands more are lined up for help.

"He says it's overwhelming to just wanting to do so much, but I think they're doing surgery around the clock," his mother said.

As for the aftershocks, she recalled when she heard what happened, her son's safety was not her main concern.

"When I heard there was another quake, I went to get my passport because I want to go."

Her two helpers, Congressman Bill Cassidy and his wife, Laura, had the same response. Together, with Healing Place Church, they are scheduling doctors to travel to Haiti in week-long shifts. They are also collecting money for medical supplies.

"It's life and death is what it is and time is real precious," said Greene.

The next team of doctors and nurses will leave Baton Rouge on a private plane Thursday. The group is accepting money, medical supplies and volunteers. Click here to help

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