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Behind the Scenes of A Tent Hospital in Haiti

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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.

We inhaled dust and diesel fumes all day, then traded stories about the patients we'd met that day and how we'd tried to stifle our emotions in front of them. We ate one hot meal a day. Rice and beans. We took cold bucket showers and drank warm well water.  We slept on the ground in tents. And when the Italian soldiers showed up in their helicopter, we stood in line to take our pictures with them. It was hot and we were sweaty and tired and smelly. The doctors, nurses and physical therapists at the field hospital in Fond Parisien, run by a joint effort by the University of Chicago and Harvard, worked 18-hour days and often longer. These pictures show why.

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