Photo: CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta
On January 13, 2010, one day after a devastating earthquake destroyed Haiti's largest city and left an estimated 200,000 people dead, CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta arrived on the scene.
This trained neurosurgeon filed some of the first reports out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the destruction, and helped treat injured men, women and children. After hospitals were reduced to rubble, he found patients wandering the streets, looking for medical assistance.
One person begged Dr. Gupta to examine a 15-day-old baby girl who suffered a head injury during the earthquake. Thankfully, her skull was not fractured. Dr. Gupta bandaged her head laceration and moved on to help others in need.
Then, while helping out at a field hospital, Dr. Gupta says reports of violence caused Belgian doctors to evacuate. Dr. Gupta, the only doctor left behind, and his crew stayed to care for 25 critically injured patients.
On the morning of January 20, 2010, Dr. Gupta joins Oprah live via satellite…just hours after a 6.1 aftershock rattled Haiti's shaky structures and spread fear among survivors. "People have obviously been displaced from their homes, but also to your point, people are just fearful to go back inside a structure because of these aftershocks," Dr. Gupta says. "It's hard to describe the emotional anxiety."