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

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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,, 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.

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

July 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

1906 SF Quake Anniversary

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Ceremony at 5:12 am San Francisco time to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating earthquake of 1906. Only this year it happened at 5:06 am much to the chagrin of some of the participants.

Shot with the G11

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

April 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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