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About a year ago, I was invited by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Hobar of Life Enhancement Association for People (LEAP) to spend five days providing free medical service in Haiti with a team of surgeons and health care professionals. Dr. Hobar established LEAP in 1991 in an effort to provide free surgical care to children and adults with deformities. LEAP was responsible for organizing and sending the first surgical team to arrive in Haiti in response to the January 2010 earthquake. As an aspiring medical student, I was thrilled to receive such an invitation, and accepted immediately.
In July of 2011, I got on a plane bound for Port-au-Prince. I had seen video footage of the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck some 18 months earlier, but I was unsure of what conditions to expect upon arrival. The devastation to the infrastructure was evident to me immediately as our plane approached the runway at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport. The original terminal sat dormant. The giant cracks running through the concrete walls made it clear why no effort had been made to salvage the building.