2 Methodist Hospitals health workers off to Haiti to help 

Jan 19

By Chelsea Schneider 648-3072 cschneider@post-trib.com

Two Methodist Hospitals health care workers are part of a team that leaves today for Haiti to give medical attention to those impacted by the earthquake.

Dr. Nicholas Johnson will join physician assistant Johanne Theodule, a Haitian American, on the weeklong trip organized by Hospitals for Humanity. The Red Cross estimates nearly a third of the country's population is in need of medical attention.

Theodule's parents are from Haiti, and she felt compelled to go on the trip because she's fluent in Creole and French.

"I'm used to seeing a lot of trauma and gory things,"Theodule said. "I'm planning on seeing a lot worse. I'm expecting dead bodies and the stench in the air. People just lost and needing help. I'm expecting the worst and anything better than that I'm considering a luxury."

Many of Theodule's relatives are still in Haiti but survived the earthquake. She's heard the team will go to an area of Port-au-Prince that rescuers have been unable to touch.

She joins Johnson in her desire to help those suffering in the natural disaster-torn country.

"Being in the ER in Gary prepares me for a lot of horrible things,"Johnson said. "I'm probably better suited than most people to go in this type of situation."

The Hospitals for Humanity team will meet in Miami today and then take a chartered flight to Haiti.

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