Report from Dr. Jerry Rusher, Oct. 22, 2010, at Dessalines Hospital
Wednesday started like any ordinary day here. Little did I know how drastically things were soon to change. Crowds of people descended on the hospital carrying their family members who were terribly sick with severe diarrhea and vomiting. Some were in shock and unresponsive. Many had already died in the area where this epidemic started. Soon IV’s were going everywhere, all beds were filled, and we were running out of floor space. The people were terrified because this disease struck so quickly and severely … The last three days has been a nightmare with everyone being exhausted. Care for the other patients without cholera has been limited and we sent many home because the nursing staff was unable to keep up with the demands. So far only one cholera patient that made it to us alive has died, but many were very close.