* Photo supplied. Suffering: Injured children and adults line up for the Bermudian medical team to tend to their wounds in Bon Repos.
* Photo supplied. Suffering: Injured children and adults line up for the Bermudian medical team to tend to their wounds in Bon Repos.
Surgeon Christopher Johnson has vowed to return to Haiti to ensure the earthquake-hit country "survives and thrives".

The doctor "left a part of his heart" there when he performed 115 surgeries in one week.

Dr. Johnson was part of a 10-strong 'best of Bermuda' medical team who returned home at the weekend.

They found hundreds of people waiting outside the clinic and even went to nearby tent cities to find those too sick to move.

Dr. Johnson feels proud to have been part of last week's relief trip.

He said: "We achieved our goal of providing world-class surgery to humble Haitians in their hour of need. We brought home life altering lessons on dignity in the face of overwhelming despair and triumph on the precipice of crushing defeat.

"We leave a part of our hearts here with the promise we will return and continue the work we started."

Also on the team were Dr. Alicia Stovell-Washington, Dr. Stanley James, emergency medical technicians Erin Lovell and David Foley and surgical technicians Derrick McLin and Derrick Washington.

They worked out of a clinic in Bon Repos, on the outskirts of Haiti capital Port-au-Prince.

It is funded by Bermudian charity worker Phillip Rego, of the Feed My Lambs Ministry, who also travelled with the medics.

Dr. Johnson was moved to tears as the number of shattered buildings was "overwhelming". He called the locals "calm although visibly worn by either trauma or hunger or both".

But he stressed he "found hope" every time he saw a child's smile and was reminded of the better times ahead each time he heard a local shout "God Bless America" to a U.S. soldier.

Dr. Stovell-Washington said the trip made her count her blessings. She revealed it was unlike any medical facility they were used to but it was "beautiful" for the hungry, poor and injured who needed urgent medical assistance.

Dr. Stovell-Washington added: "The beauty of these people is in their resilience to endure through all things.

"The history of the people is one of revolutions, slavery, embargos, occupation, corrupt governments, poverty, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes past and present.

"So many with broken bones and sadness but not with a broken spirit."

Dr. Stovell-Washington said each person she met "left an imprint" on her.

These include a three-year-old with "broken ribs and beautiful eyes," a boy trapped under a house for six days with a broken clavicle and a five-year-old girl who got second degree burns on her abdomen after falling into a fire used for cooking.

Dr. Stovell-Washington said: "I was proud to support Haiti in their time of need. Bermuda should be proud of our response."

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