Physicians and residents of all specialties were called upon during this time to provide all types of general medical and emergency care. However, there were some specific otolaryngology–head and neck emergencies. Dr. Nuss described several instances of drastic, life-threatening head and neck infections in previously healthy individuals. These were the result of minor lacerations, but because of the lack of immediate access to emergency care, and no clean water or antibiotics, they developed into major infections, which in some cases ultimately required radical surgery to address.
“I’ve never learned more in my life about what I’m capable of doing, what other people are capable of doing. We’ve proven that, collectively, we can solve anything.” – Ronald Amedee, MD
One Resident’s Story
When the evacuations began, Katie Wasylik, MD, fifth year resident (PGY-5) at Tulane, was among those who stayed behind. She elected to remain at Charity Hospital in New Orleans so the junior resident, a 49-year-old divorced mother of four, could evacuate with her children. Dr. Wasylik attached only one condition to this offer—that her dog, Puck, be evacuated with the family.