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January 25th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Dr. Frist back from Haiti

Aid is finally flowing into earthquake-stricken Haiti. Up to 140 flights a day are bringing supplies into the country. But it's still an uphill battle to meet the overwhelming need for food, water, shelter and medicine.

Former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist just came back from Haiti where he performed life-saving surgery on earthquake survivors. He joined us live on Monday's American Morning.

Complete coverage: Haiti earthquake

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  1. Rick Oliver

    I think it would be interesting if cnn would do a special on all the other countries involved in Haiti. Occasionly I hear a mention of another but no depth.

    January 26, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  2. Sophia

    January 25, 2010
    With reference to our e-mail, we would like to continue by saying that Anderson Cooper should consider using time off for himself. During his time off he may want to seek guidance from his physician regarding post traumatic stress. I have haunting memories of that young man with blood pouring off his face and I am a medic.

    When I saw that CNN’s crew along with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupter arrive in Haiti my heart swelled with pride. I never doubted that Anderson Cooper was at the top of his field, this only served to seal his position as one of the best and at the peak of his career. As I watched him diligently, professionally and painstakingly deliver the horrors as he witness it, I felt helpless. I am a critical care nurse and based on my obligations to my family and work I could not be physically there. But I was there spiritually as I was glued to my chair and absorbing every detail of the events as they unfold and delivered to us my CNN – take after take, minute by minute.

    As I watched Anderson’s report on the first survivor he stumbled on I realized that I was acting like a sideline coach at a little league game. I kept saying things like support the head, or limb, hydrate the child but my voice trailed in space, and my spirit he could not hear or see. The scenes haunted my sleep, and days later I summoned the courage to ask a few nurses and doctors who could not be on the scene to be behind the scene with me. We know that CNN is in the business to deliver news as it happens – but we saw you as first responders till help arrive.

    Hence we chimed in with “Global Disaster Hotline” and would like to tap into your resource during a disaster – any disaster that needs medical support. We would be likened to the 911 operators – till help arrive. We are prepared to be the link between CNN and your field crew. We are not legal or business experts but we are experts in the care and preservation of human lives. Hence we volunteer our service to be used as you see it fit.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy mail.


    January 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm |