Bremerton doctor returns from Haiti

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

BREMERTON, Wash. – Dr. Dan Diamond just returned from his 12-day trip to Haiti with Medical Teams International.

Although he's done this kind of volunteer work for the past 27 years, the Bremerton doctor says Haiti has by far the most devastation and the largest number of injured people he's ever encountered.

"I've seen things and I have things in my head that I don't think I'm going to be able to process for awhile," he said.

Dr. Diamond says what impressed him most was the hardiness of the people in Haiti. He hopes that these images of the devastation and the suffering won't quickly fade from our memories because the rescue work there is just beginning.

"Going forward, as the rainy season and the hurricanes start coming in, there are so many people exposed. Estimates hover around a million people homeless now. It's going to become much more difficult at that point to take good care of these people," he said.

Now that he's back home, Dr. Diamond says he appreciates the small things in life all the more.

"After taking cup showers for the past 12 days, I came home last night and took a shower right before I went to bed. I got out of bed and took a second shower. It's just so awesome standing there and having hot water come out of the nozzle. What a great experience!"

For now, Dr. Diamond does not plan to go back to Haiti. Medical Teams International still has seven teams of doctors in the area.

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