Swedish ER nurse dies during relief mission to Haiti
March 3, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2010
A Swedish/Issaquah emergency room nurse died Monday during a medical relief mission to Haiti.
Matthew Bouthillier, of Renton, suffered a heart attack in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during a volunteer mission with Medical Teams International, a Portland nonprofit with offices in Redmond.
“We are shocked and saddened beyond words at this enormous loss,” Medical Teams International President Bas Vanderzalm said in a statement released Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s wife, Melissa, and his family, as well as our team in Haiti.”
Bouthillier, 36, had been treating earthquake survivors on a Medical Teams International mission in Haiti since Feb. 20. He was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest at the University of Miami field hospital in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. A devastating earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation in January.
Bill Essig, vice president of international programs for Medical Teams International, and Steve Brodehl, chaplain for Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, left immediately for Port-au-Prince to assist staff and volunteers there.