Doctor: Quake Victims Dying Without US Airlifts

By: Frank Bajak AP Email
By: Frank Bajak AP Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A University of Miami doctor in Haiti says the U.S. government is endangering the lives of critically injured Haitians by halting medical evacuations to the United States.

Dr. Barth Green says his team has "100 critically ill patients who will die in the next day or two" if they aren't flown out.

Green pointed Saturday to a 5-year-old girl with tetanus from a minor leg wound. He says she will die in 24 hours without a respirator.

The flights were halted in a dispute over payment for care. Green says his group has hospitals ready to receive the patients and blames "the highest levels of the U.S. government" for preventing them from flying out.

He says "this is really not what America is all about."

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