CNN's Gupta lone doctor on duty in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- After doctors and nurses from a Belgian medical team left a field hospital Friday night because of security concerns, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, was the only doctor to help 25 earthquake victims, CNN said Saturday.
January 17, 2010
The network said Belgian Chief Coordinator Geert Gijs, a doctor who was at the hospital with 60 Belgian medical personnel, told CNN that he decided to pull the team out for the night.
Gupta stayed all night at the hospital with other CNN staffers, security personnel and at least one Haitian nurse who had refused to leave, CNN said.
"I've never been in a situation like this. This is quite ridiculous," Gupta said. He monitored patients' vital signs, gave them pain-killers, continued intravenous drips and stabilized three new patients in critical condition, CNN reported.
At 3:45 a.m., he posted a message on Twitter: "pulling all nighter at haiti field hosp. lots of work, but all patients stable. turned my crew into a crack med team tonight."