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Flooded EM Intern

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In the Emergency Medicine family, we take care of each other. Today, I am asking for help for a young colleague who suffered devastating damage to her home from Hurricane Harvey.

Imagine moving to a new town, in a new state, far from your family with an infant, born the week of the Match. Then imagine just two months into your career as a physician, you awaken to ankle deep water and have just a few minutes to grab your 5-month-old baby and your most precious belongings as you wade to safety while the water rises.

One of our new interns had this happen last week. She lost her rental house (landlord plans to destroy it due to severity of damage), she lost her car, she lost thousands of dollars of her belongings. We are all so thankful that she and her husband and baby are alive and well.

She has been staying in my house this week, and I suggested she make an Amazon Wish List to see if I could recruit some charitable friends and colleagues to help replace a few of the things she lost.

Please donate to all the causes helping the very neediest residents in Houston -- the Houston Food Bank, the mayor's relief fund, the Diaper Bank, the Houston SPCA. Yesterday, I helped some of the folks sheltering at NRG Stadium who will benefit from those charities, and they sure need the help. But also consider helping one of our own by making a purchase from her Amazon List. It would mean a lot to her, and to me.

(Please feel free to share this post widely! It is public.)

Add: the response to this post has been heartwarming. Thanks to all who have donated. If the intern affected receives any donations beyond what she needs to rebuild, they will be donated to others affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For those who prefer to donate cash, this GoFundMe account has been set up.  It will likely be primarily used by the family to replace the flood-totaled car.

For GoFundMe administrative purposes:
Who you are and where you’re from: Alison Haddock, from Houston, TX
Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for: friend and coworker/work supervisor of the affected intern
How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible): purchasing replacement furniture and a replacement vehicle for the furnishings and car lost in the flooding
Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies: friend has been given administrative access and will withdraw the monies herself directly to her own account


  • Cathy Randall
    • $100 
    • 7 yrs

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Alison Haddock
Houston, TX
Ynhi Thomas

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