Nurses feel the suffering

Sharon Lem, Toronto Sun, February 4, 2010 Two Toronto nurses returning from a two-week relief mission to earthquake-ravaged Haiti say the catastrophic conditions will remain imprinted in their memories forever. Maida Mrakovic and Valerie Rzepka volunteered to fly to Haiti on their own time and at their own expense with the Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT). The 12-person CMAT team set up a field hospital in Leogane, a town of 130,000 located 60 km southwest of Port-au-Prince. They lived in tents, cooked on fires and dug their own latrines. “When we got there, nothing was left standing. You could smell death in the air,” said Mrakovic, 27, a surgical nurse who returned last week. ... Nurses