Thursday, February 4, 2010

More on Paul Auerbach's Efforts in Haiti

Here's an image of Dr. Paul Auerbach (NPHS class of 1969) who had collapsed in exhaustion after helping scores of Haitians in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. He's generated a lot of content about his efforts and when you read and hear his accounts (there's a particularly good podcast) you can't help but deeply admire his commitment to helping those in need....and his life-saving skills that are so necessary in a medical crisis. Here's his brief account of why he fainted: "Just after noon, when the meeting ended, my body finally told me to stop. I was exhausted and queasy, and so went to our headquarters and lay down on the ground. The nurses started an IV in my arm, and it took 9 full liters of IV fluid before I was able to sit up and have the lights go back on. As my wrestling coach in high school used to say, 'Paul, you don’t need to win, just don’t get pinned.' I lifted by right shoulder up and chuckled. My coach would have been proud of me." You can read the full story here. If you're interested in drilling deeper, just google "Paul Auerbach Haiti." There's a lot there.

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