This boy arrived to the HACAOT mobile medical clinic in severe respiratory distress. He was immediately taken from the waiting crowd, and given a nebulizer to open the airways in his lungs (photo below). A doctor worked with him for two and half hours. Each time the nebulizer was removed he went into respiratory failure.
To give him a chance after the clinic closed, a medical technician fashioned a take home treatment device from an inhaler and an empty water bottle (seen below).
The device was never used as the boy began to crash (an abrupt decompensation of a patient’s clinical status). Arrangements were made and he was rushed to a hospital. “If the doctors from HACAOT hadn’t been in Cap Haitain, there is no doubt in my mind this boy would have died,” said a staff member. There are too few hospitals in Haiti, and all are severely overcrowded and under staffed. Without HACAOT’s presence, this boy wouldn’t have been able to go to the hospital.
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