Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Supporting FOTCOH Clinic

People line up to visit the FOTCOH Clinic. Courtesy photo
 
A medical worker checks a baby at the FOTCOH clinic. Courtesy photo
 
CATHERINE FRY
Los Alamos

Thank you for supporting  myself, Tina Derr and our November team at the Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH) Clinic with your prayers. Thank you also for your support of donations of band aids, selenium sulfide shampoo, baby wipes, small disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, hand sanitizer and monetary donations towards the purchase of soap locally in Haiti. 

Our clinic served more than 2,100 medical patients, more than 270 dental patients and our team surgeon performed 30 surgeries over the course of nine days.

We were fortunate to also help some Americans (http://www.mightyfingersfacingchange.com) in our area with their medical needs. They spent some time at the clinic with us and interviewed some of the Haitian patients who had nothing but great things to say about the clinic.

“I began to understand how critical the service that they are providing is, said 16-year-old Aidan. “One woman who particularly struck me was a 73-year-old woman named Bernadette. She has been coming to the clinic since it started. She explained that she travels hours to get to the clinic whenever she needs to refill her medication, sometimes by foot and sometimes by motorcycle taxi. ‘If it weren’t for Dick Hammond, (founder of FOTCOH), we would all be dead, and by the grace of God, he has come here to help us,’ Bernadette exclaimed. She continued to explain how helpful the clinic had been to its near and distant communities. When she was finished, she told us she was tired and was going to try to find someone to push her home in a wheelbarrow.”

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