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Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.

Keeping our spirits high in Haiti

Haitian boy

A Haitian day seems a lot longer than an American day, if that is possible. We all parted for our duties at 7 a.m., after downing a cliff bar and a cup of instant coffee. Our nurses here, along with nurse practitioner Ann Ryan and former Akron pediatric resident Rachel, taught PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life […]

Another eye-opening experience in Haiti

Boy in Haiti

Today was an unbelievable day in Haiti. Jeff worked all night in the ER. Pediatric nurse practitioner, Tracey Herstich, and critical care doctor, John Pope, covered the intensive care unit, and I was in the clinic. With the help of a medical interpreter, I saw more than 16 patients. I treated the majority of them […]