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Medical Journal 2011

KENNEBEC JOURNAL •

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Donald Dubois photo

Pharmacies in Haitian clinics look more like home medicine cabinets than medical supply rooms, helping Dubois set up the shelter’s clinic in Skowhegan.

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fearless. They wanted to learn English and every morsel they learned, they put into play. I’m struggling to learn Kreyol — trés struggling. I’m a language idiot.” “I know more than I did six months ago,” Gurney said. “You are respected more for learning the language.” “There’s a difference between speaking and fluency. The Haitian people are very friendly and will use gestures to help,” Gelin said. “They will try to teach you with their body language.” As the medical personnel struggle to learn Kreyol, all acknowledge speaking the language builds trust and relationships. Dubois also learned how to set up his free clinic at the shelter by drawing parallels to Haiti. In both situations, he saw people with needs and few resources as well as nurses and doctors trying to provide for those needs with no resources. “It’s sort of like Haiti,” he said. “You look around at what you have and figure out how to use it. I spent the first seven years of my medical career in Jackman and had to make do. I don’t know how much it colored my thinking, but I’m sure it played a role.” “I wish there were a lot more doctors like Don,” Berry said. “The need is astronomical.” Dubois said he is only part of the process. “I’m a cog, not wheel. My work in Haiti has been a flash-in-the-pan so far, especially when compared to others,” Dubois said. “I was raised a Catholic, but I’m not religious. I know it’s a good thing to help — to help each other. My (medical) skills are ecumenical anyway.”

Laura Corbett photo

A student from rural Danda responds to the care of Laura Corbett, physician’s assistant, during her recent mission trip to Haiti with Faith Evangelical Free Church.

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