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Shelterbox tents replace Haiti hospital wards

A young amputee rests in a Shelterbox tent in Port au Prince

Tents from Cornish aid charity Shelterbox are being used as makeshift hospital wards in earthquake-hit Haiti.

About 700 tents have arrived in the Caribbean island which was devastated by a huge quake on 12 January.

Tents have been distributed at Bernard Mews hospital in Freres, a suburb of Port au Prince and at a second hospital in the capital.

Each ShelterBox contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, tools and a stove.

The first batch of tents arrived in Haiti on Saturday evening and were put up at the two hospitals where patients have been surviving outdoors.

Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson said: "Within hours our tents were full of amputees.

"As they came out of the operating theatre the beds were rolled into our tents which were used as mini wards."

On Friday, ShelterBox is chartering a 747 aircraft with 1,800 boxes to fly from Stansted Airport to the Dominican Republic where they will be taken overland to neighbouring Haiti.

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