Jessica Brandi Lifland's Photo Blog

visit my website: www.jessicalifland.com

Haiti: sixth months later: Mirlanda Pierre’s story & Therissa and Ernst Leo’s story

leave a comment »

Click here for USA Today’s July 12th front page story on Haiti 6 months after, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Click Here for USA Today’s July 12th Gallery of Images from Haiti: Therissa & Ernst Leo, photos by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Click Here for an update on USA Today’s story on Therissa & Ernst

Click here for Mirlanda’s Story as published in Black Boots Ink Issue 2 pages 53-59

Mirlanda Pierre, 12, was pulled from the rubble of a neighbor’s house three days after the earthquake. She and her father Mirto Pierre have been at MSF  (Medicine Sans Frontiers) field hospital in the Delmas 31 neighborhood ever since as she sustained injuries which included the loss of her leg and the loss of use of her left hand. She and her father share a bed there as they have no where else to go and he cannot find work as a mason.

She visits Handicap International once a week for physical therapy and to be fitted for a prosthesis leg. Her balance is off due to her other injuries so it may take a while for her to be able to rely on the prosthetic. She is one of many residents of Port Au Prince receiving aid for injuries at Handicap International, www.handicap-international.us, which has had a presence in Haiti since before the earthquake but has stepped up its presence considerably in the wake of the earthquake and now includes over 500 people involved in making the operation in Haiti function. Many of its patients who have lost limbs are healing up to the point where they can be fitted for a more permanent prosthesis. The organization is also trying to help its patients, like Mirlanda be resettled into permanent housing, a process which is proving to be daunting.

Through the ordeal Mirlanda’s dimpled infectious smile and her spunk seems to uplift all those struggling alongside her.

Advertisements

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

July 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: