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Blog: Doc PJ delivers a baby in Haiti

Special to the Daily Doc PJ, in blue, with a newborn baby in Haiti.

This is the final entry of the Doc PJ Haiti Blog. Breckenridge physician Dr. Craig Perrinjaquet recently returned from a humanitarian visit to Haiti, where he treated Haitians in a number of capacities.

April 30, 2010

In the plane awaiting take off from Port au Prince… a moment that seemed so far away just a few hours ago in the Emergency Room.

My perfect moment of the trip came just as I was ending my last shift at 7 am. I was finishing up with a few last patients, praying that the day shift would not be late. Then someone shouted from outside the front gate, “There’s a woman having a baby in the street!”

I grabbed a few instruments and sprinted out behind another doctor and nurse. I pushed my way through the crowd just as the baby delivered, diving to the pavement to clamp and cut the cord. We suctioned the nose and mouth, then rubbed it’s back vigorously to stimulate the tiny blue brown baby girl to breath. The crowd was silent, then burst into cheers as the infant let out a lusty cry, the mother trembling, drenched with sweat, leaning into the arms of her sisters who had been walking her to the emergency room when Nature changed the arrival time.

I was also trembling, drenched in sweat and then my own eyes filled with tears as I was overwhelmed with waves of emotion… exhaustion, exhilaration and relief. The day shift walked in behind us as we wheeled the new mom and baby to the ER where the aunts wrapped the baby in new cloths and blankets, doting over the dazed newborn as it was thrust to the mother’s breast and latched on for it’s first taste of this life.

The drive to the airport this morning again brought tears to my eyes as we passed miles of rubble and tent cities with spray painted signs, “We need help!”

The stewardess just handed me the customs form for US Citizens. I’m reminded what a fortunate accident of birth to be born in Iowa and not Port au Prince three months after an earthquake.

My hope for that beautiful baby’s future is that those who can help, do.


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