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Local Medical Team To Head Back To Haiti

Shortly after a magnitude-7 earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, Curt Weibel, FNP and Dr. Peter Schmid rushed to the country to help the wounded. Now, more than a year later, they are planning to return to the impoverished Caribbean country to lay the groundwork for rebuilding a clinic in a ghetto near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

So Weibel, along with Dr. Peter Schmid, of Longmont, and emergency medical technicians Jeffrey Youngbluth, and Ruthie Cosby from Estes Park plan to be in Haiti from May 2 to 12. Stephanie Burchett, a Greeley photographer, will also accompany them.

The team will perform wound care and treat infectious diseases like cholera, tuberculosis, dysentery and E. coli in Port-au-Prince and the northern city of Gonaives.

They also will visit the site of a former medical clinic in Bel Air, a slum of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake decimated the clinic, and the debris has since been cleared off the land, which a nearby Baptist church owns.

Over the next five to 10 years, Weibel and Schmid hope to raise the funds to rebuild the clinic. Preliminary estimates indicate construction of a new clinic will cost about $700,000. They envision the new clinic as a base of operations for students, educators and medical professionals who travel to the country on mission or humanitarian aid trips.

To finance this trip and subsequent ones, the team has set up a fund — the Haiti Relief Fund through Weibel’s and Youngbluth’s church in Estes Park. Contributions to the fund will cover medical supplies and trip expenses. They will also cover a sometimes-enforced 20 percent value-added tax on items that enter the country.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help fund this medical mission trip, please make check out to Christian Church of Estes Park and write “Haiti Relief Fund” in memo line. Mail or drop off your check to CCEP, Christian Church of Estes Park, 4655 US Hwy. #36, Estes Park, Colorado 80517. Courtesy photos



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