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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Charity Hospital

I mentioned I have friends who are doctors in New Orleans.

Charity Hospital was evacuated late Friday....my friends Kiersta and Justin (who had gone back into New Orleans) and their patients are now safe. The friend I received this news from passed this info along:

"...there were 1,200 people in the hospital, and almost all of them were incredibly strong and good to each other through some horrible, terrifying experiences. They also got almost no help from the national guard. Most of the evacuations were done by the hospital staff (carrying patients on spine-boards made of doorways and tables down dark stairwells) with the help of fish and wildlife guys who had boats and came in voluntarily."

There were heroes in the aftermath of Katrina. There were volunteers, and will be many more. And some of these very people, dedicated to the health and safety of their patients, now want nothing more than to shine a light on the bravery and goodness of the people they were caring for, to give real credit where credit is due.

It's a ray of hope this morning. It's also something to think about....and never forget.


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