Haiti One Year - Leading A Normal Life After the Earthquake





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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2011

Do you remember where you were the morning of January 13, 2010?

Jeanine Désire does. On the morning after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, she was about to have her right leg removed below the knee. When the doctors told her that the wound on her leg was infected and they would need to amputate, she refused to accept it. She was skeptical when doctors told her she'd get a prosthetic, that she'd lead a normal life. But she soon realized she had no choice, that her life was about to change.

Fast forward almost a year.

Jeanine is back at work at primary school in Port au Prince. In her pink Nike's, she's walking around the classroom, ushering kids out to their parents. There's only a slight limp. So slight, many people wouldn't know she's wearing a prosthetic.

Nobody knows the exact number of people in Haiti who had arms and legs amputated in the days and weeks out of the earthquake. But there are hundreds of people like Jeanine. People who are learning to use new arms and legs.

This is Jeanine's story.


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