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Fw: FW: E-Mail from New Orleans]

Hi folks

I just received this from my step mother.  Her handle is Your Wicked Step
Mother or YWSM.  Interesting to see a first hand account.

----- Original Message -----
From: Joyce Franzman
To: David FRanzman
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 5:12 PM
Subject: [Fwd: FW: E-Mail from New Orleans]

David - here is an email we received as well.  Although it's a couple of days
old now, thought you would be interested.  Chris Ward is someone we traveled
with in Great Britain this year.

The reports from New Orleands are incredibly depressing.  It's so hard to
imagine.  I don't think the city will ever really recover.  And all of those
people will need to live somewhere else, for a long time.  We have sent our
donation to the Salvation Army, but the needs are so immediate, not sure that
will help but don't know what else to do.  There will be a lot of long term
needs too.


-------- Original Message -------- Subject:  FW: E-Mail from New Orleans
      Date:  Thu, 01 Sep 2005 22:15:21 -0800
      From:  Don and Chris Ward <dmw@gci.net>
      To:  dmw@gci.net

This from our good friend.

Chris Ward

As many of you know, I was raised in New Orleans. Here is an on the scene
report from Steve Phillips, a doctor in New Orleans.

Brock Shamberg
Anchorage, Alaska

This e-mail from a New Orleans pathologist paints a grim picture.:
Aug. 31, 2005

Thanks to all of you who have sent your notes of concern and your prayers.
I am writing this note on Tuesday at 2 p.m.. I wanted to update all of you
as to the situation here. I don't know how much information you are getting
but I am certain it is more than we are getting. Be advised that almost
everything I am telling you is from direct observation or rumor from
reasonable sources. They are allowing limited internet access, so I hope to
send this dispatch today.

Personally, my family and I are fine. My family is safe in Jackson, Miss.,
and I am now a temporary resident of the Ritz Carleton Hotel in New
Orleans. I figured if it was my time to go, I wanted to go in a place with
a good wine list. In addition, this hotel is in a very old building on
Canal Street that could and did sustain little damage. Many of the other
hotels sustained significant loss of windows, and we expect that many of
the guests
may be evacuated here.

Things were obviously bad yesterday, but they are much worse today.
Overnight the water arrived. Now Canal Street (true to its origins) is
indeed a canal. The first floor of all downtown buildings is underwater. I
have heard that Charity Hospital and Tulane are limited in their ability to
care for patients because of water. Ochsner is the only hospital that
remains fully functional. However, I spoke with them today and they too are
on generator and losing food and water fast.

The city now has no clean water, no sewerage system, no electricity, and no
real communications. Bodies are still being recovered floating in the
floods. We are worried about a cholera epidemic. Even the police are
without effective communications. We have a group of armed police here with
us at the hotel that is admirably trying to exert some local law
enforcement. This is tough because looting is now rampant. Most of it is
not malicious looting. These are poor and desperate people with no housing
and no medical care and no food or water trying to take care of themselves
and their families. Unfortunately, the people are armed and dangerous. We
hear gunshots frequently. Most of Canal street is occupied by armed looters
who have a low threshold for discharging their weapons. We hear gunshots
frequently. The looters are using makeshift boats made of pieces of
styrofoam to access. We are still waiting for a significant national guard

The health care situation here has dramatically worsened overnight. Many
people in the hotel are elderly and small children. Many other guests have
unusual diseases. ... There are (Infectious Disease) physicians in at this
hotel attending an HIV confection. We have commandeered the world famous
French Quarter Bar to turn
into an makeshift clinic. There is a team of about seven doctors and PAs
and pharmacists. We anticipate that this will be the major medical facility
in the central business district and French Quarter.

Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreen's on Canal under
police escort. The pharmacy was dark and full of water. We basically
scooped the entire drug sets into garbage bags and removed them. All under
police escort. The looters had to be held back at gunpoint. After a dose of
prophylactic Cipro I hope to be fine.

In all we are faring well. We have set up a hospital in the the French
Quarter bar in the hotel, and will start admitting patients today. Many
will be from the hotel, but many will not. We are anticipating dealing with
multiple medical problems, medications and and acute injuries. Infection
and perhaps even cholera are anticipated major problems. Food and water
shortages are imminent.

The biggest question to all of us is where is the National Guard. We hear
jet fighters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the
rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no Salvation Army.

In a sort of clichi way, this is an edifying experience. One is rapidly
focused away from the transient and material to the bare necessities of
life. It has been challenging to me to learn how to be a primary care
physician. We are under martial law so return to our homes is impossible. I
don't know how long it will be and this is my greatest fear. Despite it
all, this is a soul-edifying experience. The greatest pain is to think
the loss. And how long the rebuild will take. And the horror of so many
dead people .

from the front. I will send more according to your interest. Hopefully
their collective prayers will be answered. By the way, suture packs,
sterile gloves and stethoscopes will be needed as the Ritz turns into a

Steve Phillips

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