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Landed in Santo Domingo

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Cheryl Reed

I'm senior editor for publications at the Unversity of Chicago Medical Center and I'm following a team of doctors, nurses and physical therapists to the field hospital we help run outside of Port-au-Prince.

After all day traveling, we finally ended up at our hotel in Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The team of nurses and docs who are heading back to Chicago met us over beers and shared stories and tips. Fond Parisien is now the largest field hospital in Haiti with over 300 patients. What's unique about this venture is that it's normally the NGO's responding to medical needs after a disaster, but this time it's an informal collaboration between teaching hospitals and other institutions.

Oh and about those rats. Yes, they exist, we were told tonight. But mostly they come out at night near the port-o-potties, or so we are told. 

Tomorrow morning we load the bus with our 20 giant red bags full of medical supplies and head to Fond Parisien and Haiti. It's only 100 miles, but it takes six hours. I promise to upload photos tomorrow. Too beat tonight.

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