Omaha (KPTM) - Less than 48 ago, doctors and nurses from the Creighton Medical Center started making plans to head to Haiti to help in the rescue and relief efforts.
And Saturday morning, nine of them were able to board a plane out of Eppley Airfield, with half a ton of food and medical supplies.
"I'm excited and so honored that I get to do this," said Danya Swanson, a Creighton nurse.
With extensive efforts still being carried out in Haiti, these medical professionals aren't sure what to expect.
"We figure there will be people who need surgery, abdominal surgery, and orthopedic surgery, from crush injuries," said Swanson.
"Haiti right now is basically a first aid unit, and we're happy to provide more sophisticated care."
Doctor Brian Loggie will lead the two surgical teams, as they make their way to the Haiti – Dominican Republic border.
"Our mission is to help the Dominicans respond to the situation in Haiti. Not sure where we'll be stationed though," said Loggie.
The surgical teams could be gone for days, or even weeks, but anything they can do to help is worth the extra time away from their families.
"I think anytime one of these happens, whether it's Katrina or 9/11, everyone thinks, 'gosh, I wish I could do something,' and we get to take a chance on it," said Swanson.
The flight for the surgical team was free, made possible through donations by Flexjet.