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St. Michael’s physiotherapist answers Haiti call for help

Julie Hard has put her life on hold for a trip of a lifetime. She is currently working as a physiotherapist for charity cbm Canada in Haiti, helping those who have survived the January 12 earthquake.

Toronto, April 14, 2010

Julie Hard Julie Hard

“People can rebuild their lives through rehabilitation,” said the 35-year-old St. Michael’s physiotherapist, who specializes in acute care medicine and also coordinates initiatives to support rehabilitation for people living with HIV.

Hard believes her clinical experience will give her a strong foundation for embracing the many clinical challenges that lie ahead. Over 300,000 people were injured in Haiti in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“Professionally, I have worked in a variety of settings that have helped me to prepare for work in Haiti,” says Hard, whose experience includes caring for people with disabilities in underserved communities both at home and abroad.

Hard has taken a leave of absence from her position at St. Michael’s.

Hard is one of six physiotherapists supporting cbm in Haiti, serving at different hospitals every day, treating about 30 patients per day.