The Operation Haiti team in front of a "Blue Angels" plane in Haiti: Kathleen Weinstein, Shannon McCarville, Bita Zadeh, Holly Phelan, Bethany Fontenot, Priscilla "Patti" Taylor, Jessica Kubisch
As you know, UCLA Team Haiti has returned!!! We flew in safely Friday evening and were so happy and surprised to be welcomed home by Bill Dunne [director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health System] and his two adorable little girls. :)
Most of Saturday and today I spent recovering and talking with family and friends. I've also just been thinking and processing everything that I experienced. It seems to hit you a little harder once you're not actively in the situation.
There are so many, many things to tell that I have been rather overwhelmed as to where to begin when people ask how the trip was. Today, I just had to jot down the one story that was closest to my heart. I have so many stories. I have some great pictures, and I made a lot of friends who plan to send me pics. I also received an absolutely beautiful letter written by a pediatric patient's mother; both the original letter in Creole, and a translation. I also have incredible drawings by a teenager who was trapped in the rubble for several days. He drew what he saw when he finally regained consciousness. It's all very overwhelming.