Within days, she ran out of places to put them.
"We got to 1,000 pretty quickly," Hamdy said Tuesday morning as Hopkins employees loaded about 1,000 pairs of crutches, as well as canes and walkers, onto a FedEx truck to be shipped to Miami by today. After that, the equipment would be on its way to Port-au-Prince, where the items are to be delivered to a hospital tent run by Project Medishare, a Florida-based nonprofit group seeking to improve medical conditions in Haiti.
In all, the Children's Center has shipped about 2,500 pairs of crutches. Hamdy is among several Hopkins residents who assisted in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake that has left about 170,000 dead and thousands injured. The residents said they saw virtually no crutches for victims of crush injuries and amputations. Dr. Karen Schneider, a Hopkins Children's Center emergency physician who has led the pediatric residents' efforts in Haiti, said the public response was overwhelming.