Mainer gathers data to help Haitians who lost limbs

Though he had seen the streets of Bosnia and Iraq as a soldier, the devastation in Haiti was unlike anything Adam Cote of Portland had ever encountered.

“I had seen the pictures, but to get that 90-degree perspective from pictures doesn’t really prepare you,” Cote said. “It was really staggering. The amount of damage, from a structural perspective, was similar to pictures you see of Berlin after World War II.”

Cote was in Haiti for more than a week with Global Relief Technologies to collect data on amputees who need artificial limbs and on the structural integrity of buildings in the wake of the earthquake.

“I’ve never seen so many casualties,” he said. “I’ve never seen so many overflowing hospitals.”

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Justin Ellis of the Portland Press Herald.

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