Read our volunteers’ stories “Voices from the Clinic”, FOTCOH news, and more!

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Mamma With High Blood Pressure

Marie is a 34 year old woman pregnant with her second child. She has a 3 year old child at home. She first came to FOTCOH in May for her pregnancy and is now 7months pregnant. When she came back for her visit at this July clinic on Wednesday her blood pressure was 260/185. We gave […]

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Beautiful Creations Straight From The Angel’s Arms

Working the FOTCOH clinic (and it is truly work) is a little like going back to working an emergency center. You never know just what is going to come in next. Our first day was a bit traumatic for not only our group but for some of the patients being seen. So much was going […]

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Meet My Translator Peterson

Allow me to introduce you to Peterson. Well, not really. I don’t have a picture of him or anything because I haven’t asked for one yet, and he’d probably razz me about it if I did. That’s just the kind of relationship we have. Peterson is my translator and I’d be lost here without him. […]

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Today Was Life Changing

Have you ever had a life changing moment? I cannot say that this was my first life altering moment but certainly without a doubt today was life changing. After a long day of travel over the mountains, medical guideline review, and a tour of the FOTCOH facility, I was a bit nervous for today. The […]

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Haiti: A Country of Contrasts

Today was my first day in Haiti, a country of contrast. Even before getting off the plane, through my window seat, a clear contrast between the countryside and the capital, Port-au-Prince is seen as the concrete and buildings of the city stretch up from the coast climbing as a concrete vine up the sides of […]

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Haiti Becomes Part of Your Soul . . .

As I sit on the plane to Haiti this morning with our team of 17 volunteers for our July medical clinic, I can’t help to think about a question I often get asked. Would it not make more sense to just send the money instead of you paying to go? To some, yes…but these short-term […]

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We Witness Walking Miracles

Life in Haiti is different, which in no way means that their way of life is wrong because they are not like us. I’ve learned very quickly that our western ways are not the grace of everything. Our western society demands that problems be solved, questions be answered, and interventions be prompt and successful, but […]

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A Small Example of Great Impact

On the first day of clinic we saw this little boy with an abscess below his left eye. The swelling was obstructing his vision and the entire area was very tender to touch. A large amount of pus was easily expressed. We gave an intramuscular injection of Rocephin and started oral Keflex. The boy returned today to evaluate his […]

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A Smile Can Bridge Two Worlds

Since being in Haiti, I have learned the value of a short “bonjou” or a squeeze of the hand.  Yes, we (Americans and Haitians) may not speak the same language, but I have learned there are other ways to communicate and more importantly to show love. Expressions of love can come in the simplest of forms. […]

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Haiti Has Reminded Me of the Power of Touch

I have been hard-wired as a nursing student to glove up and scrub up every time I dare set foot into a patient’s room that I forgot how much power there was in human touchfree of latex and hand sanitizer. Our goal as a clinic is to serve as many people as we can but our […]

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