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November 4th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

TEDMED: Gupta on helping Haiti

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta couldn't make it to the TEDMED 2010 conference because he was on assignment in Haiti, but he still presented his perspective on covering the earthquake and cholera outbreak there.

In January, in the aftermath of the earthquake, Gupta remembers children running after dump trucks to see if the bodies of their parents or loved ones were inside. "It was as if these people just vanished off the face of the Earth," he said. Some say it will take four years to get Haiti back to the way it was one day before the earthquake, he said.

It's unclear whether the current cholera outbreak had anything to do with the earthquake, Gupta said. But it is serious, and it's likely that it could spread to the very tent cities he is standing in front of in this video.

At the time of the TEDMED presentation, on October 28, about 4,600 people were ill and more than 300 people had died. Since then, there have been thousands more hospitalized and more than 100 more have died. Here's a separate video about what may be causing cholera to spread.

Gupta had seen the basic supplies that would help people infected with cholera, but were not getting to the people who needed them fast enough, he said.

Gupta was one of dozens of prominent scientists, researchers, and other public figures who presented at the TEDMED conference. In addition to streaming these talks, CNN.com will post  interviews with more than a dozen presenters including spirituality expert Deepak Chopra, architect Frank Gehry, and inventor Dean Kamen. Check back later this month for the beginning of this video series of conversations with fascinating people.

TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 took place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.


soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. jo anne evans

    Dr. Gupta is the best. His coverage AND help in Haiti during the earthquake aftermath was superb. Thank him for his attention to the situation, and his perspective has been invaluable. Please continue the attention to the Haitians and we all need to keep asking the hard questions of their leaders and the world.
    God Bless

    November 5, 2010 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Benton Valery Augustave

    I want to say thank to Dr. Gupta for his courage, his desire to think about Haitians people. Dr Gupta, Haiti still need someone like you, please keep yr eyes open on Haitian people. Thanks, thanks a lot. May God bless you...

    November 6, 2010 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. They see you Gupta-in'

    They Haiti-in'

    November 7, 2010 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.