Orthopedic surgeons head to Haiti

Published: Jan. 21, 2010 at 5:14 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group of Baton Rouge physicians and nurses boarded a flight to earthquake-ravaged Haiti early Thursday morning. The team specializes in orthopedic injuries.

Three orthopedic surgeons from the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic and specialty nurses, along with medical supplies, will assist with patients suffering from bone and joint injuries sustained in last week's devastating tremor.

Shaw group provided the transportation for the group. The unit admitted it is small, but the doctors and nurses feel they can make a difference.

"You know these are people that are in a bad situation, obviously, a lot of orthopedic injuries," said Ricardo Rodrique, MD. "You understand that's what we do, but Larry and I are orthopedic surgeons. Many times in society we don't get a chance to help others just from the heart. This will provide us the opportunity to do that."

The medical team will return sometime next week.

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