Imlay nurse joins in Haitian relief
Teresa Wood hopes for donations of medical supplies for March trip
February 03, 2010IMLAY CITY — It's been nearly a month since the devastating earthquake that leveled much of Haiti and killed hundreds of thousands of its residents.
Now that the search for survivors has concluded, there remains the daunting task of cleaning up the rubble and caring for the countless injured and homeless adults and children.
Since the calamity, many American emergency personnel and medical workers have volunteered to assist with the humanitarian effort.
One of those is Teresa Wood. An Imlay City home care nurse, Wood will join a team of eight medical professionals traveling to Haiti early next month as volunteers for the Assembly of God Health Care Ministry, based in Springfield, Missouri.
Wood was informed of the continuing need for health care professionals in Haiti by Jeff Christ, pastor of the Gateway Assembly of God Church on Weyer Road in Imlay City.
"The Health Care Ministry had put out the request for more people," said Wood, "and he put out the call for help.
"I'm a nurse," said Wood. "I know that when people are hurting, we have to step up. I'm expecting to see miracles."
She is not, however, expecting to be unmoved by the experience.
"I'm not afraid of what I might see," Woods said. "God has brought me to this point.
"I do know that the conditions are terrible," she said, "and that it will be very emotional for those of us who've never seen such devastation."
Woods said her team, led by Dr. Eleanor Kue of Lansing, leaves for Haiti on March 7, landing first in the Dominican Republic before moving on to Port Au Prince. The group is scheduled to return on March 14.
"They only want the teams to stay there for a week at a time," Woods noted. "Things are just so bad."
She said the Assembly of God team is in need of donations of medical supplies, including gauze, wound-care wraps and wound cleansers. Certain medications (pain medications) are being sought from local pharmacists and doctors. Local residents may donate approved pain medications such as ibuprofen and anti-diarrheals.
"We can't take any liquids with us on the plane," said Wood. "Nothing can be in liquid form."
The deadline for donations of medical supplies and medications is next Saturday (Feb. 13).
Donations of money are also needed, said Wood, a member of the Imlay City Lions Club.
"The Lions have already made a donation to help out," said Woods, "and I've contacted the (Imlay City) Rotary Club, seeking their assistance."
In the interim, Woods and her fellow team members will anxiously await their chance to help the people of Haiti.
"There isn't a lot of preparation involved," she said. "All those going are professionals. We hope that by the time we get there, we will be able to see that progress has been made. We and they can use a lot of prayer."
To support the local Haitian relief team, call the Imlay City Assembly of God at 810-724-8110 or 810-724-3642.
Teresa Wood can be reached at 810-922-8733.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.