A group of doctors, nurses and technicians from Mount Sinai Hospital who traveled to Haiti to help treat patients and set up operating rooms returned Wednesday from the earthquake ravaged nation. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
A crowd gathered Wednesday afternoon outside Manhattan's Mount Sinai Medical Center to welcome home a group of people they say are true heroes.
A total of 30 medical workers spent the past eight days in Haiti where they tended to the needs of the many who were hurt in the earthquake.
"We brought along a great team of people and we worked really well together. I'm delighted to be back but my heart really is still very much there," said Mount Sinai Medical Center anesthesiologist Dr. Irene Osborn.
"We did see a lot of suffering and it was an emotional moment. It was physically draining but we realized we were doing it for the people of Haiti and we gave it our best shot," said Mount Sinai Medical Center nurse Nyar Benn.
The group worked out of National Hospital in Port-au-Prince. They brought many of their own supplies and medication so they could treat patients on the spot.
"People suffered their pain, kept it to themselves and there's a level of resilience that's quite remarkable and quite humbling," said Mount Sinai Medical Center nurse Michael McCarry.
Even as of this week, many of the volunteers said aid was still slow to arrive, but were hopeful the Haitians will get the help they need going forward.
"Perhaps this can be a turning point with the international attention its getting. I'm hoping that these people can get the help they need long term," said Mount Sinai Medical Center general practitioner/anesthesiologist Dr. Victor Marino.
Many said the trip was a life changing experience that showed them how good Americans really have it.