American Doctor Saw Medical 'Miracles' in Haiti

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 01:09 PM

By Dan Weil

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Dr. Chauncey Crandall, a South Florida cardiologist who spent a week in Haiti tending to victims of the earthquake, says he learned of several miracles while he was there.

His religious faith has taught him to believe in miracles, says Crandall, medical editor of Newsmax’ newest health newsletter, Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report.

So he’d always ask people he encountered in Haiti if they had witnessed miracles, Crandall told Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter. The most amazing story, Crandall says, came from two Belgian doctors helping at an orphanage in the mountains of a remote village, destroyed by the earthquake.

Editor's Note: See the Newsmax video interview below

“The doctors sat with the orphans and would pray,” Crandall said. The orphans beseeched God to send them a tent for shelter.

“Then one day, suddenly, early in the morning, a military cargo plane flew over, and out of the back of the plane came a parachute, and inside the parachute was a tent for 400,” Crandall said.

“They considered that a miracle, and it definitely was, because no one communicated with them.”

The biggest problem for doctors in the week Crandall spent in Haiti was that they couldn’t find sterilizers for their instruments. “We came up with a system where used pressure cookers. This is what they used to do in times past.”

Crandall, who arrived in Haiti about seven days after the quake hit, says he and other doctors had plenty of medical supplies, “but they were at the airport. We didn’t have a way to get them to the hospitals.”

He saw thousands of patients. “Everybody was quite responsive to our help. They were kind. I never felt in any kind of danger myself.”

And what is the situation now? “The medical need is being met,” Crandall said.

“The need now is basic needs – rice, black beans for protein and plastic for shelters. All they need is large sheets of plastic. The other thing they really need is cooking oil.”

But the best way for individuals to help is to donate money to groups on the ground in Haiti, he said. “What they (the groups) really need is cash. They don’t need you to send rice or beans.”

Crandall recommends donating to missionary groups and churches that are involved in Haiti or the Red Cross.

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