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Haiti earthquake diary: Nadine wants to see her baby

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Wednesay, Jan. 27

I finally meet up with Nadine, mother of Jenny, the two-month old I found 10 days ago.

For the last few days Nadine has been calling me. Most of the time the call cuts out before I can speak with her, but this last time she sounded manic, with stream of conscious pleas for news of her baby, who was flown to Miami for treatment.

Nadine’s also desperate for some medical attention for a foot wound, trying to find food, water, and housing. She and hundreds of thousands of others. I hate thinking it, but it’s true.

Since her home fell on her mother and father, almost killed her baby, Nadine’s been staying in the courtyard of the Canapé Vert Hospital, by the Croix Rouge. It’s the only thing I can understand for certain in her long, anguished call.

The Miami Herald has been covering her baby’s case, and there is now movement by the International Red Cross to help unite mother and child. One recent report said Jenny had two crushed arms. Unless something happened in the States, there’s no way this is true. How can this be so misreported?

Canapé Vert used to provide the best medical service in the capital. I don’t even check to see if the hospital is open when I get to the entrance. I’m focused on finding Nadine.

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