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Humanity First Medical Volunteer Returns Home from Haiti

New Orleans, LA, January 25, 2010 --( After serving hundreds of patients for more than a week in Haiti, Dr. Omar Shmas, Humanity First Disaster Relief Medical volunteer is returning to the United States on Saturday, January 23. Dr. Shams will be arriving at New Orleans International (MSY) airport, at 10:45 PM CT.

Dr. Shams is a cardiology fellow at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana and has had a lifelong passion for humanitarianism and community service. Upon learning of the Earthquake in Haiti, Dr Shams immediately offered his help in the relief efforts being conducted through Humanity First USA. Reports indicate almost 3 million people were affected by the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, countless are still trapped under large debris from collapsed bridges and buildings. The team reached Haiti only 4 days after the earthquake hit and worked tirelessly day and night to treat anyone that needed help. Within a day of arriving Humanity First established a medical clinic and Dr. Shams saw over a hundred patients each day. He called the experience "life-changing" and said that he sees himself going back to Haiti regularly and that the Haitians are his "angels."

To continue ongoing medical camp and relief operations, four doctors including two renowned Neurosurgeons, Dr. Osama El-Mefty and Dr. Kenneth Crawford have departed for Haiti Friday, January 22nd from Baltimore International Airport. The Humanity First, USA team will join the team members from Humanity First Canada which includes 6 doctors and from Humanity First UK team of 3 physicians all arriving at the same time. Currently Humanity First has established a logistics center in Santa Domingo and the Dominican Republic. Humanity First command centers are located in Canada, USA and UK with hundreds of volunteers working hard around the clock to support the relief work in Haiti.

Humanity First USA is also accepting donations for the relief work. You may donate online by going to or by mailing a check to

Humanity First USA at the following address:
Humanity First USA
300 E. Lombard Street (Suite 840)
Baltimore, MD 21202

Humanity First, USA (, a 501(c) 3- registered nonprofit organization, was established in 2004 to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running the day-to-day operations are all dedicated volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education sectors. Humanity First has been expanding over the last few years to now being a registered charity in 29 countries worldwide.

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Humanity First, USA Inc.
Iftikhar Ahmed

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