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Stories From Haiti: How People Are Coming Together To Help Each Other


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« on: January 18, 2010, 09:38:52 pm »

Hal Berton from The Seattle Times showcases Jesse Hagopian, an out-of-work school teacher who traveled to Haiti with his wife and son to promote AIDS awareness. Little did they know their trip would involve a natural disaster. With no medical experience at all, Hagopian found himself helping survivors of the earthquake with broken bones, fractures and head injuries.

An EMT from the United States asked Hagopian for his help and taught him how to give medical aid to the people who needed it. Hagopian only knew the man as J.H., who was one of the first medics on the scene. Hagopian said:

    People started coming with a broken leg, a broken arm,...Then the floodgates started to open, and we had truckloads of people show up. I had to do a whole lot of procedures, and the injuries started getting worse.

Hagopian admires J.H for his heroism and his ability to set up a clinic without any supplies. People came with all sorts of injuries but J.H did not turn any away. According to Hagopian the hotel staff acted heroically as well, supplying water and sheets for the wounded.

Hagopian and his family are still in Haiti but hope to be able to go home soon. Hagopian's goal upon returning to the United States is to raise money for survivors of the earthquake.

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Christine Brelsford story is highlighted in The Miami Herald. Brelsford was one of the first students to be rescued from Haiti. The 25-year-old Alaskan native and student at Arizona State University was on a trip to Haiti to promote literacy for children and adults.

Brelsford and fellow classmates were staying about twelve miles south of Port-au-Prince. After the earthquake struck, Brelsford was trapped in a fallen building, with pieces of concrete covering her legs. Luckily her brother and friends were able to dig her out from beneath the rubble, which took about 90 minutes.

Belsford says:

    I am so thankful to be alive...I'm so terribly sorry for all the people in Haiti.
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