The U.S. government's first emergency medical unit to set up shop inside Port-au-Prince is finally running, a week after the massive earthquake that brought chaos to the Haitian capital.
NPR reporter Joanne Silberner and mulitmedia journalist John Poole are with the team, which established makeshift facilities in a technical school, partially destroyed by the quake. Watch the slideshow for more.
The health care workers faced a challenging journey. After arriving by air late Sunday, the team stayed at the U.S. Embassy then headed back Monday morning to the airport, where they were stuck most of the day. At 5 p.m., a driver with one part of the group refused to embark on the convoy into the city because his shift was ending.
By Tuesday, health workers in three emergency rooms and two operating rooms were seeing patients. Most of the patients have traumatic injuries, such as broken bones and burns. But the medical team also treated some dehydrated infants.
Estimates are difficult to make in the chaos. But thousands of refugees appear to be outside the compound hoping to eventually receive care.