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Ralph was discharged from the hospital 27 June 2010, after four months of care and nine surgeries. He is shown here leaving the hospital with Ayal Lindeman.

Ralph Gedeon is evactuated from Port au Prince to Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut.

After nine surgeries and countless hours of hospital treatment, Ralph was fit with a prosthetic leg and is now able to walk once again.

University of Miami. By chance, he dialed Roland’s number while Roland happened to be at the hospital about 15 feet away from Ayal! Ayal begged Roland to find a way to get Ralph and several other patients to the United States for the medical treatment necessary to save their lives. One phone call to ISTAT member Nick Popovich, and ISTAT arranged to subsidize a flight of Nick’s private plane to Haiti to pick up these patients and bring them to the United States. Although the logistics were complicated enough to be the source of an entire article themselves, with the perseverance of Nick’s staff, the mission succeeded and Ralph was brought to the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut. The hospital and Dr. David Gibson, an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at Yale School of Medicine and who is a long-time friend of Ayal Lindeman, agreed to provide Ralph’s medical care for free. Ralph endured nine surgeries and heavy, nonstop intravenous antibiotics

over a four-month period before he was healthy enough to be fit with a prosthetic leg. Upon his release from the hospital, Dr. Gibson said, “Ralph is an absolute miracle. Getting him to where he is today is truly something that has changed my life.” I have had the pleasure of visiting with Ralph many times during the last five months. I saw him when he first arrived in Connecticut, and he shook with pain as the medication couldn’t keep up with his agony. In May, I was thrilled to take him out of the hospital for lunch one day and accompany him on his first steps (albeit with one leg) on U.S. soil. In July I visited Ralph and his father in his new apartment in Spring Valley, New York, where he will be completing his out-patient rehabilitation and is enrolled in English classes. I brought Ralph a soccer ball, and I fully expect to see him playing soccer soon! What is next for Ralph? With the help of ISTAT volunteers and contributors, Ralph will enroll in community college in

September to complete the requirements necessary to get into engineering school in January 2011 and complete his engineering degree. He wants to switch from electrical engineering, which he studied in Haiti, to mechanical engineering, so he can go back to Haiti and help design prosthetic limbs for the thousands of Haitians who need them. Ayal Lindeman, who continues to assist Ralph and his family, wanted to thank ISTAT and again express his gratitude: “If only your members could have seen the faces of the medical volunteers that day in Haiti when the ambulance pulled out for the runway with the three patients aboard. If they could see the faces of the other nurses or see the e-mail traffic from medical volunteers across the globe when they hear the news about Ralph, their lives would have been as touched as mine was.” Last week Ralph walked three quarters of a mile to his English class without a cane!

“Ralph is an absolute miracle. Getting him to where he is today is truly something that has changed my life.”
- Dr. David Gibson, orthopedic surgeon

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - September/October 2010

Jetrader - September/October 2010
A Message from the President
Contents
Calendar/New
Q&A: Dr. Alan Epstein
Commercial Outlook is Up as Economies Rebound
Crisis, What Crisis?
The Big Question
Funding Fundamentals
Is That a Lawsuit in Your Luggage?
AFRA Sets Ambitious Challenge for Aircraft Recycling Sector
Road to Recovery
Remembering Hafthor Hafsteinsson
License to Fly
Aircraft Appraisals
From the ISTAT Foundation
Aviation History
Advertiser.com/Advertiser Index
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Jetrader - September/October 2010
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Cover2
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - A Message from the President
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 4
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Contents
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 6
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Calendar/New
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 8
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Q&A: Dr. Alan Epstein
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 10
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 11
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Commercial Outlook is Up as Economies Rebound
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 13
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 14
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 15
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Crisis, What Crisis?
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 17
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 18
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 19
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 20
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - The Big Question
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 22
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 23
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Funding Fundamentals
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 25
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 26
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 27
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 28
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Is That a Lawsuit in Your Luggage?
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 30
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 31
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - AFRA Sets Ambitious Challenge for Aircraft Recycling Sector
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 33
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 34
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 35
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Road to Recovery
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 37
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 38
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Remembering Hafthor Hafsteinsson
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 40
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 41
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 42
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - License to Fly
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 44
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Aircraft Appraisals
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 46
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - From the ISTAT Foundation
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Aviation History
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - 49
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Advertiser.com/Advertiser Index
Jetrader - September/October 2010 - Cover3
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