Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24, 2010 - 20+ Surgeries in a Single Day

From Toni Brayer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer Sutter Health West Bay Region, Leader for Sutter Health's Help for Haiti

Sutter Health’s surgical team has now gone two full days without an amputation. The newly donated equipment and anesthesia from our network and others are allowing the volunteers to perform surgeries equivalent to modern standards. They’re saving the limbs of Haiti earthquake victims.

At last report, the team performed over 20 surgeries today in two operating rooms.

Working with surgical colleagues from Mass General Hospital at Harvard and a local Haitian physician, Surgical Tech Isaias Camacho, R.N. (above at right) from Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Group, performed an external fixation on a broken leg.

Dr. John Donovan (above at right), anesthesiologist from Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, works with a Mass General Hospital at Harvard team to perform another successful surgery that preserves a patient’s leg.

At 5:30 p.m. Haiti time, Dr. Donovan wrote, “Yes, we are still operating. Need to get back to work. We are using teams of surgeons and anesthesiologists to round on post ops and do dressing changes. We are almost as busy on the wards as in the operating rooms.”

Dr. Steve Lockhart (above center), anesthesiologist and chief medical officer for Sutter's East Bay region, works with the team to care for a child following an operation.


  1. We are so proud of the members from Sutter Health Surgical care team. Your work and dedication to helping those in need will go farther then just physical healing. May God continue to guide each team member with knowledge, wisdom and love. A special thank you to my brother, Isaias Camacho, who is part of this magnificent team. We love you!
    Herandez & Almazan Family

  2. I am Sutter Health employee at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and I am so proud to hear how Sutter is helping the people of Haiti. Whether it is sending physical help to Haiti or the Sutter employee's donating money, it makes me so proud to see such generosity, kindness and compassion. I pray that the team trip is safe and that they are able to help as many people as than can. To the Team in Haiti Thank you so much, Sutter employees are thinking about you and reading your blog.
    Safe Travel and Journey-Leilani