We’re VentilatorSOS, a nonprofit formed by a group of doctors and engineers who saw that ventilators were in short supply as coronavirus hot spots emerged in the U.S. a few months ago. Now, we’re trying to raise $15,000 to get medical equipment to doctors in Haiti treating COVID-19 patients. We have hundreds of donated sleep apnea machines that can easily be modified to serve as alternatives to ventilators when there are no ventilators available for patients. Haiti needs these breathing support devices and so we are raising funds to pay to transport 100 of them from storage in California to St. Luke Hospital in Port-au-Prince, which is hoping to extend critical care capacity in general for Haitian Healthcare and especially for Covid19 patients in the event of a second wave. Nonprofit Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (“Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) is also helping to raise funds for the St. Luke effort.
From March 16 to July 8, St. Luke Hospital said it has treated 962 patients, 95% of whom had Covid symptoms. There have been thousands of infections across the country and while cases have dropped in recent weeks doctors are expecting a second wave of infections to hit soon, according to Dr. Marc Edson Augustin. Haiti has a population of more than 11 million but only capacity to treat a few hundred patients at a time. So, he is building 100 more intensive care units to serve the influx of COVID-19 patients, many of whom may need help breathing, since COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system. We’d like to help him save lives.
For more on the VentilatorSOS effort see our website.