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Haiti Earthquake: Hope in the Heartache

Navensky Charles might be surrounded by the stench of death, but he is alive.

Like all patients at L'Hospital General in downtown Port-au-Prince, the 18-month-old cannot be accommodated in a hospital building. The few buildings still standing are unsafe to use.

Consequently, he lies in a hospital bed in a street outside. Regularly, trucks rumble past carrying corpses. They come from the city morgue about a block away. Outside the morgue hundreds of bodies are stacked three deep.

But Navensky is alive. When his house started to collapse, his father, Jerome, dashed upstairs to rescue him. They both made it outside just as their home caved in all around them. Navensky suffered a broken shoulder, leg, and arm during the hurried escape.

As darkness was falling, and the streets were in chaos, Jerome and his wife Nadia had to wait until morning before carrying Navensky to hospital. The walk took nearly two hours.

It was not until the early afternoon that hard-pressed medical staff could treat him.

Meanwhile, World Vision is supporting the hospital by supplying essential medical supplies such as surgical gloves, syringes, antibiotics, and bandages.

Navensky moans softly and flinches if he thinks you are about to touch him. Otherwise, he does not complain. Nadia and Jerome will spend the night anxiously watching over him. They have no home to return to anyway.

Jerome is thankful for the humanitarian organizations, such as World Vision, who have come to help following the worst quake in Haiti's history for 200 years.

"If it was not for the NGOs the Haitian people would be lost," he says.

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