Friday, January 22, 2010

Amidst the rubble... a survivor

We needed to hear some good news from Haiti. Kiki's survival story is a bright spot in a dismal scene.
In other good news, they have one area of a port up & running, although there was damage, they patched it & can allow one transport vehicle at a time, but bringing relief supplies- medical, water, & food , would move much quicker via water & free up the log jam @ the airport.
Another good news item a huge US Military medical ship-- a floating hospital arrived-- it has state of the art medical facilities, , and is a fully equipped with 8 operating rooms, and all the medical equipment & medical staff they so desperately need.

One more layer of good news-- my employer doubled their Haiti Relief donation to $2 million dollars.

Here is a link to some of the amazing kind of stuff going on in Haiti as well.
Imagine an employee calling in to work saying, I am in a disaster zone, I refuse to leave, and getting permission to buy a water truck to distribute water (photos included scroll down).

It's easy to feel overwhelmed & depressed about the Haiti situation, but these glimmers of hope- a rescue many days later, outpouring of relief efforts, more flow of all the help that is needed, and some in the trenches efforts to help on so many levels makes me see the good in humanity.


nonnie9999 said...

the story that absolutely amazed me was that a 23-day-old baby was trapped for 8 days, more than a third of her life to that point, and rescued without a scratch on her. she was dehydrated but otherwise fine. the old saying is true, where there's life, there's hope.

Fran said...

That is amazing so fragile & she still pulled through. Against all odds.
Some powerful life force.

nonnie9999 said...

i was reading about that, and it seems that newborns can go quite a while without eating or drinking. it might take a while for a mother's milk to start flowing, so mother nature makes sure that the newborn has extra fat for nourishment. a newborn can survive for quite a long time with no food. on top of that, a newborn is used to being in a cramped, dark place, so there is no extra stress from fear. they are even capable of slowing down their metabolic rates, thereby saving energy and needing less water and nutrition. nature is a miraculous thing. the other thing that's helped people survive in haiti is the high humidity. that lowers the rate of dehydration. i saw on the news earlier today that they found a 24-year-old still alive.