‘My spirit was above my body,’ Fort Lauderdale doctor says about getting shot in Haiti during missionary trip

A bullet lodged in his spine is just one harrowing reminder Dr. Douglas Burbella has about a recent missionary trip to Haiti.

Burbella was shot three times during an ambush on April 4 and was flown to Delray Medical Center where he is being treated.

The Fort Lauderdale-based medical consultant frequently travels with non-governmental organizations and has been to Haiti about 20 times. But this latest trip was different because he nearly lost his life.

“They chased us on foot, and they opened fire on us, so we had a barrage of, a hailstorm of bullets coming at us,” he said.

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