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Emergency food aid delivery to Port-au-Prince's General Hospital (8 photos)

Haiti, January 21, 2010

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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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Today we delivered three days' worth of high-protein biscuits to 300 patients and their family members.

The General Hospital in Port-au-Prince is the largest hospital in the country. It was damaged in the earthquake but is still functional. However, due to structural damage and the overwhelming number of patients from the earthquake, patients and their families are outside -- on hospital beds, cots and foam pads on the ground.

Doctors treat the patients in the parking lot and on the lawn, applying full body casts, stitches and delivering babies. Surgeries are performed behind a sheet that hangs from a tree branch.