A group of USC doctors reached a quake-ravaged Haiti this week and were treating patients on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier as well as at an Israeli Defense Force field hospital in Port-au-Prince, the university reported.
Aboard the USS Carl Vinson a six-year-old boy who ended up under a felled wall with a pelvic fracture and a ruptured bladder received surgery, USC doctors said. A girl with a brick embedded in her skull was worked on with the help CNN's celebrity surgeon Sanjay Gupta, stated USC Keck School of Medicine vice dean Henri Ford.
Dr. Ramon Cestero, a surgeon at County-USC Medical Center, reported that there was much trauma at the field hospital in Port-au-Prince: "Amputations, debridements (removal of foreign matter from wounds) common. Occasional gunshot injuries as well."
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The team of 10 trauma specialists traveled from Los Angeles to Miami over the weekend and landed in Port-au-Prince Sunday.