'100 patients in Haiti will die if not evacuated'

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January 30, 2010 23:07

 
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The US military has halted flights carrying Haitian earthquake victims to the United States because of an apparent cost dispute, and a doctor warned that some injured patients faced imminent death if the flights don't resume.



The evacuations were temporarily suspended Wednesday, said Capt. Kevin Aandahl, spokesman for US Transportation Command. The flights were halted a day after Florida Governor Charlie Crist asked the federal government to help pay for care.



However, Dr. Barth Green, a doctor involved in the relief effort in Port-au-Prince, warned that his patients needed to get to better hospitals.



"We have 100 critically ill patients who will die in the next day or two if we don't Medevac them," said Green, chairman of the University of Miami's Global Institute for Community Health and Development.

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