WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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traveled with Boston Children's Emergency Department pharmacist Shannon Manzi and pediatrician-in-chief Gary Fleisher. Within 30 minutes of arriving at the pass- port office in Boston, Mooney got the neces- sary papers, and by 8:00 pm the next night left for Haiti with his Boston Children's Hospital colleagues to join an international team of doctors. As Mooney reported to Bob Oakes of WBUR, Boston's NPR radio station, "On our travels from the airport to our site, we were struck not just by the degree of dev- astation, but by the smell and seeing a pile of dead bodies on the street." Working in a temporary site set up near a school, Mooney treated children quake vic- tims with broken bones, many protruding through the skin, as well as with severe wounds and infections, including tetanus and gangrene, not often seen in the United States anymore. "We struggled hard not to do amputations. If someone has an amputa- tion in Haiti, they'll likely never be employed and they will be a burden to their family and to that society until they die." While exhausted from two weeks of virtually non-stop intense work, Mooney found it difficult to leave patients under his care and to see more com- ing in he knew he could help had he stayed longer. Preventing trauma With expertise in treating wounds and injuries, specifically abdominal injuries, mul- 75 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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