: News

Filed Under:

USNS Comfort Gets First Patients After Haiti Quake

Play associated audio

BALTIMORE (AP) Doctors aboard the USNS Comfort have begun treating their first patients injured in last week's earthquake in Haiti.

The nearly 900-foot floating hospital dropped anchor off the coast of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday morning, but the ship was close enough Tuesday night to take aboard its first patients.

Two severely injured quake victims were flown to the ship from an aircraft carrier. The patients are a 20-year-old man suffering from a spinal fracture and bleeding in the brain and a 6-year-old boy with a fractured pelvis.

The Comfort left Baltimore on Saturday, carrying about 550 medical staff and about 60 civilian mariners. Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Lenzini of the U.S. Southern Command says another 225 medical staff and 125 support staff will join them in Haiti.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
WAMU 88.5

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.