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Fla. hospital: Haiti quake victims coming in waves
MIAMI -- Injured survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake have begun arriving in South Florida for treatment.
The University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital has already received 11 patients, including eight U.S. citizens. Trauma surgeon Mark McKenney said Thursday that the injured were coming in waves and nine more patients were expected later that day.
McKenney said doctors have already performed an amputation and are treating a brain injury. He says six of the patients were in good to fair condition and four remain in critical.
McKenney said doctors at Jackson Memorial are considering using a satellite phone system to better assist doctors treating the injured in Haiti.
With thousands of bodies piling up in Port-au-Prince, health experts fear that the presence of decaying corpses in the hot and humid streets of Haiti's earthquake-ravaged capital could trigger an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
In order to protect the living, they say, they may have to bury the dead quickly in mass graves.
"There are masses of people who are on top of each other, so they will just be forced to make mass burials," Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police, told FoxNews.com.
"Bodies decaying in the hot sun will not only create an odor that is offensive to humans, but it will also attract small animals and insects that can spread disease, and that’s where the long-term public health issues come into play."
Haitian President Rene Preval says up to 7,000 earthquake victims have already been buried in a mass grave, Reuters reported Thursday.
"We have already buried 7,000 in a mass grave," Preval told reporters at the airport while accompanying Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, the first foreign . of state to visit Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
Fernandez said one of the most important things Haiti needed was help in burying its dead.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CBS)
The earthquake aftermath has brought out the best and worst of the people of Haiti.
Much like the days after Hurricane Katrina, looting has become a problem very quickly.
The looting appears to be isolated to Port-au-Prince's old commercial center. It's an area that under normal circumstances would be filled with many shops, markets and a few homes. But on Wednesday it was a completely different scene.
It looked like a war zone.
Some of the buildings were on fire. Smoke was everywhere and there were bodies in the streets, many just quake victims lying where they were when the magnitude 7.0 blast hit.
What made the situation that much more tense was sightings of gangs of young men with machetes. On Wednesday they were seen getting into stores and taking all the supplies they could carry. The armed men were seen marching up and down the streets with machetes raised and the competition among the gangs turned quite fierce.
Fights between gangs were seen on the streets. Machetes were flailing and it was impossible to predict what would happen next.
Originally posted by dgtempe
Does anyone know if those that were jailed and escaped have been found?
I guess a jail just tore in half, i heard on Fox yesterday. Lucky for them i suppose, but those poor people dont need that element amongst the pain they are suffering.