Saving life and limb: A critical care nurse’s story from Haiti
Posted On: Feb 12 2010 10:56AM
By Airman 1st Class Joe McFadden
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., - The massive earthquake that struck Haiti, Jan. 12, changed the lives of countless people forever.
Perhaps no one group has been more exposed to the bare humanity of the disaster than the medics who were on the forefront, providing lifesaving care to those who survived the magnitude 7 earthquake.
Air Force Maj. Jon Earles, one of four critical care nurses with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron here, treated more than 100 patients during his time in Haiti Jan. 21 through 24, working with other medical technicians at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Before the five-hour flight to Haiti, Earles said he had an idea of what the quake-stricken island would look like.