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'We had to save the baby': A Canadian nurse encounters tragedy and hope at MSF's maternity hospital in Haiti

Last year, Canadian nurse Laura Puteris worked at the Centre de Référence en Urgence Obstétricales (CRUO), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s centre for emergency maternity care in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Laura and her colleagues provided care to pregnant mothers caught in obstetric emergencies that no other facility in the country was able to handle, something that placed them on the front lines of hope and tragedy on a daily basis.

In the story told in the video above, Laura describes a particularly challenging evening, when she and her colleagues received as a patient a pregnant woman terribly burned by an exploding fuel canister. She recounts the team's efforts to help the mother and save her unborn child, and reflects on why it is essential to be present where care is needed.

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