HACAOT Saves Boy’s Life

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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  1. Brandon renhard November 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi Adam its brandon alex at baker prarie middle school amazing how you can help so many people at on

  2. sammy, karlee November 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi Adam
    Its so nice to catch up to what you’re doing in Haiti
    and im glad that the boy survived 🙂 from baker praire students

  3. chris November 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    how old was the boy

  4. ???? PERSON ???? November 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Its is so amazing that HACOAT had saved the little boy with just an inhaler. THANKS

  5. Seth November 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    what happened to the boy is he alright and how is it there i cant imagine how it is but i think we really need to help them……..

    • Adam Bacher November 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      I find this to be one of the harder things working here. The boy was one of two children taken to the hospital during the five day HACAOT mission. A girl with a sever heart defect was taken to the Cap Haitian hospital on 11/8. No word on what happened after, and without an operation in the states she’ll die. The boy was taken to the hospital on 11/11 in the morning. That evening when the HACAOT team donated all remaining supplies to the hospital, the boy was stabilized. His prognosis is probably good.

  6. Turtle Spicy November 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    How old was the boy?

  7. superman November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    What is Disciepline Bank?

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