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Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake Paperback – October 20, 2014
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For the previous international disaster volunteer who reads Saving Jimani the smells of open decaying wounds, rotting garbage, open sewage and diesel fumes will waft from the pages. They will recall the overwhelming feeling of “so many patients, so few resources and so little time”. They will be able to relate to the difficult decisions, the innovative solutions and the bizarre behavior at times of other team members. The former disaster volunteers will “get it.” They will smile as they recall a similar situation and cringe as they remember a comparably bad experience.
For the average person who reads this book it will provide that glimpse into what is experienced and felt emotionally by disaster volunteers who willingly go to places in the world where everyone else is trying to flee. It will only be a glimpse though, because until you see with your own eyes the natural or man-made devastation first hand, hear the cries for help of the trapped as they fade, smell the pungent odor of death wafting through the morning air and feel the weight of the limp lifeless form you now hold in your arms which no one could save, you will never truly understand that “feeling of impending doom” until you have experienced it.
Saving Jimani should be required pre-deployment reading for all disaster volunteers.Read more ›
Steinhauer, an EMT and passionate volunteer, responded to the disaster immediately and flew to the country to assist the wounded. What he encountered when he arrived was unimaginable. There were so many casualties that hospitals and medical facilities were being overrun, causing them to descend into chaos.
The author relates his personal experiences as he landed in Haiti and found a medical facility in Jimani that he felt held some promise in being able to assist the scores of wounded people. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before that facility, too, began to lose any sense of organization as resources became depleted under the stress. Steinhauer was the only one willing to step up and take command of the crowd of volunteers and patients to restore order and assist as many people as possible.
The situation Steinhauer encountered was one of utter despair. Days after the earthquake hit, survivors were still being recovered and patients continued to arrive in Jimani, seeking emergency care. Most had not been able to find help at all since the earthquake, so their already serious injuries had worsened with time. The volunteers were short on supplies and trying to accommodate thousands of people in buildings with much smaller capacities. Hospitals were already so taxed they could not accept the more serious patients Steinhauer’s volunteers were unable to help.Read more ›
The small city of Jimani just over the border in the Dominican Republic received thousands of these victims. No hospitals available, a doctor made a plea to a private charitable organization. Help is sent, supplies are sent, challenges are faced head on. The reader will definitely learn the complicated process of triage in mass casualty incidents, treatment of severe and critical injuries that frequently become fatal injuries and dealing with the intricacies of a foreign government.
When a medical system is overwhelmed, under-staffed, with few supplies, how do they deal with the decisions that change lives, lose lives, separate families? This is one volunteer’s personal account of the day-to-day operation from start up to completion of the first phase. If one has ever wondered if all that I.C. training will ever be used, this is an excellent example of the practical application of the system.
Entertaining, educational and insightful. A great resource for those who practice emergency medicine in the field, in their communities, as volunteers in natural and man-made disasters.
Kris Bacheller, Medic
EMT Instructor Coordinator
Wyoming State PEPP Course Coordinator
Volunteer Community EMT
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt the story was heartfelt. It brought a new awareness for me. I am thankful for the work done by the medical personnel responding to these disasters!Published 19 days ago by Kari W.
The first thing that got my attention when I started reading this book, was that being a nurse in The Netherlands is very different than being one in the US. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MaureenB
The book recounts author Rene Steinhauer's service in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. It seques into long didactic passages about disaster response theory and practice as well... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Megen Duffy
I was there and met Rene. He nails the Haiti earthquake story and accurately relates the beauty and suffering of the Haitian people we had the privilege to serve for a short... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dan in Omaha
While I’m mostly a fiction reader, every once in a while a nonfiction book comes around that piques my interest. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nikki Bennett
Simply one of the best stories I've read. It's simple, straightforward and honest.
Rene walks the walk, and this mission was about as rough as it gets. Read more
If you enjoy a thriller this book will make you ecstatic. The story is powerful. The telling of the story was dramatically tight. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John P MacLean
Wonderful telling of a real life experience. I really enjoyed it.Published 16 months ago by addie moore
"Saving Jimani" is so much more than the reporting of life and death in the Haiti earthquake. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Leslie Carol Botha