* Photo supplied. Helping hand: KEMH’s Dr. Tiffany Keenan on a previous visit to Haiti.
* Photo supplied. Helping hand: KEMH’s Dr. Tiffany Keenan on a previous visit to Haiti.
Witnessing the rescue of a 22-day-old baby on her first day in Haiti was an inspirational moment for Bermuda doctor Tiffany Keenan.

She jetted into Jacmel earlier this week to help provide medical support in the wake of last week's earthquake.

Dr. Keenan, a Canadian who works at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, witnessed a baby being pulled from the rubble on her first day in the southern port town, which is about 12 miles from the quake's epicenter.

"She is alive, cried when they inserted her intravenous line and then peed shortly after. The power and life of a newborn," wrote Dr Keenan in her blog report on Tuesday.

Hope turned to fear the following night when she felt tremors from the aftershock of the earthquake - a second quake of magnitude 6.1 struck in the early hours of Wednesday.

Dr. Kennan wrote: "I was just barely awake this morning when the building began to shake.

"Being my first night in country I wasn't prepared psychologically. I felt like a train was coming but then the shaking continued. I ran outside, just on the balcony but quickly went downstairs. I'm not sure how long it lasted but likely at least 30 seconds."

The second quake did not cause too much additional damage.

But Dr. Keenan said it left people shaken and many Haitians were unwilling to sleep in their homes for fear of yet another earthquake.

Her role in Jacmel has been to help co-ordinate medical supplies arriving from across the world. There is a surplus of doctors in the town but an extreme lack of supplies.

Dr. Keenan said 25 planes arrived yesterday along with U.S. and Canadian Blackhawk helicopters. But basic medical necessities like anaesthetic are still in short supply.

Tomorrow she hopes to fly to the outlying areas surrounding Jacmel.

She said: "The epicenter of the earthquake hit Grand Goave and Petit Goave not much more than 20 miles from here.

"We had a medical team of EMTs out there today and they witnessed devastation. Four people in need of amputations, one amputation in the field with a saw and no anesthetic, a field of 1,500 people awaiting health care.

"We are trying to arrange flights there tomorrow."

Dr Keenan, who personally paid for gas to feed the generator at the hospital, said lack of coordination of volunteers is an obstacle.

Much of yesterday afternoon was spent trying to organise the different groups to coordinate with each other, with the hospital and the Ministry of Health to get personnel and supplies to the areas they are most urgently required.

Dr Keenan, who has worked in Bermuda since 2008 and been involved in projects in Haiti since 2006, does not fear for her safety.

She is staying with a friend, Gwen Mangine, who works with the organization Joy In Hope.

"Truly, our house is very secure and I feel comfortable here," she said.

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