Responding to Irma
The Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) was established and treating patients on Big Pine Key, at the epicenter of Hurricane Irma’s eye when it slammed into Florida.
The entire area was devastated, and those who remained and those returning were seeking help. HHI was the first medical responder to arrive in that area, and we delivered healthcare to residents and responders alike for over a week. We have completed our advance response and have shifted volunteers to Texas and Puerto Rico.
Heart to Heart Story
A 68 year old Gentleman came to clinic with his leg cramping, with concern his potassium was low. Knowing we can actually check his levels and rule out urgent concerns, we drew his blood and used our Abbott iStat. We found the patient’s labs to be normal, but he was just a little dehydrated. He had been out cutting trees with his neighbor in their neighborhood and had not been hydrating. We reviewed his labs and he was quite content to know he was actually normal, and left the mmu thankful for our assistance.
Hurricane Irma Update 9/13/2017
With help from Angel Flight Central, a great organization that assisted us during Katrina, we “airmailed” more people (including our founder, Dr. Gary Morsch) and medicines to Ft. Myers, this morning. Heart to Heart International’s Florida medical team will rendezvous with these additional team members this afternoon.
The Mobile Medical Unit was up and will be seeing patients south of Ft. Myers (in Estero) today and will be Naples area tomorrow. Now active in both Texas and Florida. Haiti response should be active on Thursday. More islands likely to follow.
Hurricane Irma Update 9/6/2017
Heart to Heart International has already started the process to preposition disaster response teams, medical teams, vehicles, and supplies ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma made landfall as a category 4 early afternoon on Sunday, Sept 10th.
“First mobile medical team ready to depart for Florida. Mobile medical unit restocked and loaded with medicine and supplies for victims of Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, Heart to Heart International’s Houston response continues working out of Clinics in a Can (Read more on the Hurricane Harvey page). HHI is running at full throttle! Thank you for your support!”
Haiti medical teams that are experienced with Hurricane Matthew are responding after Irma’s bands of rain released rain on northern Haiti. Cholera is the main concern right now.
Heart to Heart International’s disaster team and Mobile Medical Unit are prepared and were pre-positioned to help as Irma made landfall on early afternoon on Sunday, September 10th.