Carl Vinson Receives MEDEVAC, Mass Casualty

Story Number: NNS100121-10Release Date: 1/21/2010 4:14:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Megan Catellier, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- Approximately 20 medically evacuated personnel from Haiti and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 21 and the medical team activated the ship's walking blood bank.

Volunteer Sailors on board make up the walking blood bank. Those Sailors are willing to provide blood in the event of a mass casualty or other medical emergency. The medical team put the call out over the ship's announcing system for A-negative and O- negative blood types.

Medical team members initially triaged the patients whose injuries range from abdominal pain to fractures. All of the patients are currently in stable condition. The medical team is expecting to receive at least two more injured. While the exact ages of the patients are unknown, most are children and middle-aged adults.

Comfort and Carl Vinson are participating in Operation Unified Response and are providing military support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12.

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Lt. Marlin Williams prays for a Haitian boy as he receives treatment at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Clinic.
100120-N-6247V-034 KILLICK, Haiti (Jan. 20, 2010) Lt. Marlin Williams, a Navy chaplain embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), prays for a Haitian boy as he receives treatment at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Clinic. The boy was trapped under the bodies of dead family members in a collapsed building for seven days before he was rescued from the rubble. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Candice Villarreal/Released)
January 20, 2010
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