Finding Love in a Hopefull Place
We were so touched by this incredible story that we had to share with all of you. Written by Dr. Edward Duckworth:
“It is sometimes hard to feel that you have made a significant difference in someone’s life. Working as a neurosurgeon in the United States, I am able to practice cutting edge medicine and have the fortune of many good outcomes, but there are other doctors nearby who could do the same thing (especially where I practice: the Texas Medical Center in Houston). This is not the situation in Haiti. When I went to Port au Prince in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the reality was that had I not been there, patients would likely have suffered and died. Yet I was but a small contributor to a huge group of doctors and nurses, logistics personnel and therapists. I am still in awe of the impact made by the countless volunteers in the Project Medishare tent hospital during that time.
Dr. Edward Duckworth at the Project Medishare field hospital
When I signed up to volunteer, I felt that the experience would be moving and gratifying, but I could not have imaged the ways in which my short time in Haiti would change my life. Not only did I learn how resilient and appreciative Haitian people are, but I found out what great types of folks take time out of their lives to help after such disasters. One such volunteer, a pediatric nurse named Kelley from San Francisco, especially drew my attention.
Kelley at the Project Medishare field hospital
It must have shown on my face, because many of the fellow volunteers that week pulled me aside to say “invite me to the wedding!” I guess that is what love at first sight does to you: makes you transparent. Needless to say, we continued our relationship, and the following year we had the opportunity to return to Haiti as a couple to work at the Bernard Mevs hospital, the brick and mortar replacement of the temporary field hospital. Now three years after first meeting in those sweltering tents, we are about to be married! Our wedding provides the perfect opportunity to give back to the organization responsible for our meeting. Instead of towels, silverware, and China as wedding gifts, we are asking for donations to Project Medishare. ”
Ed & Kelley at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare
On behalf of everyone at Project Medishare for Haiti, thank you to Ed and Kelley for not only giving us your time, medical expertise, continued support and more but for also so selflessly giving us your wedding gifts! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness. You can donate to their wedding here.