Before even entering the harbor at Port-au-Prince, the USNS Comfort has been able to treat its first patients on Tuesday evening. The ship is expected to arrive today and will take on more suffering patients. The ship has six operating rooms and a staff of over 800. This vessel will be able to house up to 1,000 patients at a time. The US Navy's hospital ship left Baltimore on Saturday.
A 20-year-old man and a 6-year-old boy were the first patients to receive much needed medical care on the USNS Comfort. The young man has a severe spinal cord injury while the little boy had a crushed pelvis. These are just two of the tragically injured victims in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake last week.
Not making things any easier for the wounded and displaced residents of Haiti, a 6.2 magnitude aftershock hit earlier this morning. Already damaged structures are vulnerable to more damage and create an even more dangerous environment for rescue workers.
In addition to the USNS Comfort, Baltimore has numerous other medical staff volunteering services, supplies, and medical treatment to the Haitian earthquake victims.