Pediatric Orthopaedist Daniel Ruggles, DO, is aiding the relief efforts
When Children's Hospital Central California pediatric orthopaedist Dr. Daniel Ruggles learned of the desperate need for medical aid in Haiti following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, he knew he had help.
told me 'It was kind of my calling, Haiti is where I need to be,'" said Wesley Segal, Ambulatory General Manager of the Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery and Scoliosis Center at Children's, who has been in contact with Dr. Ruggles
is in the Caribbean.
is a perfect fit for the medical need there in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where people have suffered fractures, broken limbs and a host of other medical conditions.
He has traveled extensively serving on medical missions for CURE International and SHARE in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Kenya.
is here with Children's for a few more months and is then planning to move to the Dominican Republic this summer to serve as medical director of the CURE Center for Orthopedic Specialties
in Santo Domingo.
specific surgical interests include trauma and fractures, limb deformity and scoliosis.
Upon learning of the news in Haiti, Dr. Ruggles contacted his CURE counterpart Dr. Scott Nelson, medical director of the CURE International Hospital in Santo Domingo, and was soon on a transport plane to the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Ruggles left the United States on January 20 , along with other volunteer physicians and medical supplies, en route to the Dominican Republic where he then traveled by ground to Haiti.
said the CURE facility had treated more than 90 cases before he
reached Haiti, but there was a backlog of over 300 patients waiting when he
arrived - more than 50 of those were urgent.
has a stable network within Haiti and has a viable OR running at a local hospital," said Dr. Ruggles
communication to Children's Orthopeadic physicians and staff.
arrived in the Dominican Republic at midnight on Friday, Jan. 21 and traveled to Haiti that morning, but not before running into complications in crossing the border.
"Things are very chaotic and communication has been challenging, especially with quick decisions," said Dr. Ruggles
Now safely in Haiti, Dr. Ruggles
is with a team of physicians utilizing his
orthopaedic expertise in providing critical care for injured earthquake victims.
has sent messages to the Children's staff indicating conditions are tough, but they have adequate food, water and security.
"This is close to his heart and what he wants to do," said Segal of Dr. Ruggles