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Photographer: Richard Street
Organization: Streetshots
Title: Miracle Worker: Saving Haitians from Tuberculosis
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  

Dr. Coffee keeps up a constant batter as she inserts a needle into a TB infected lung, which has accumulated large pockets of fluid. She attaches a turkey- baster-sized, plastic syringe. The patients wince in pain. Some hold their nose. Coffee reassures them. Then she performs a thoracentesis (a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall called the pleural space), withdraws the plunger on the syringe, closes off a valve, and empties the fluid into a soft drink bottle. She repeats the procedure, collecting 50 ml (1.5 fl oz) to 100 mL (3 fl oz) of fluid at a time, up to 1500 mL (50 fl oz) all together. Once the procedure is done, she removes the needle and bandages the site. Recovery is miraculous.

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