I read the Team Rubicon updates and realize again that Haiti is spiraling down into an unfathomable amount of suffering. Please donate to the team, or Food for the Poor, or any group that is working there.
The most recent post:
OK, you’re a Haitian. You have a spinal fracture that will leave you paralyzed even IF you receive the best medical care in the world. You will then live the rest of your life in a society with no social security disability pensions, no medicare/medicaid, no free wheelchairs, no power wheelchairs, and very little pavement on which to DRIVE a wheelchair even if you can find one. However, if you do not receive this medical care, you will die. Which do you want?
Those are questions for doctors. My job is just to find transportation for spinal cord patients. And OR drapes. And an autoclave. And fentanyl. And disposable plates. And mattress pads. And a portable CT scanner. And asthma meds.
How do I apply the principle of “the greatest good for the greatest number” to this situation?
We did a lot of good things today. And these are the questions that remain.