|Antoinette and her son Aiden with Doctor Jen Halverson|
Aiden was born at the same time his Mom lost her leg, January 25, 2010
Once upon a time there was a little island in the Caribbean that was picked up, shaken around, and dropped down.
When the little island stopped shaking the warriors began to fight their way out from under the rubble.
Today, you meet one such warrior.
Here you see Antoinette and her son Aiden.
On January 12, 2010 Antoinette suffered an injury during the shaking that caused her to lose her leg. It had to be amputated. She was 8 and half months pregnant at the time the earth shook. Imagine you are in excruciating pain for 12 days, wondering if you'll die from infection, wondering if anyone can get to you in time, wondering if the baby you are carrying will die with you.
Heartline had a "Field Hospital" (this means we did our best to create a hospital to help injured folks."
The U.S. Navy sent a ship. On that ship people that had been hurt were offered medical care and miracles.
Operation Unified Response (2010)Main article: 2010 Haiti earthquakeOn 13 January 2010, Comfort was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake as part of Operation Unified Response. Three days later on 16 January Comfort left the Port of Baltimore bound for Haiti. She arrived Wednesday, 20 January 2010 and began medical treatment early that day. The deployment marks the first time the ship has reached full operational capacity, utilizing all 12 operating rooms and 1,000 beds, since she was delivered to the Navy in 1987. The mission also saw the ship's first on-board delivery, of a 4-pound, 5-ounce premature baby named Esther.Although the ship is less capable than a traditional hospital on land, she offered the most advanced medical care available in Haiti following the earthquake.Between 19 January and 28 February 2010 the ship's staff treated 1,000 Haitian patients and performed 850 surgeries. As of 8 March, Comfort had discharged its last patient. On 10 March, the ship ended her mission in the Joint Task Force Haitiarea as part of Operation Unified Response, and returned to her home port.
(FUN SIDE NOTE - We also know Baby Esther and her Mom and remain in contact with them as well! That is another crazy-good miracle story of a broken pelvis and a baby and Mom that lived.)
Antoinette did not die. Her son did not die.
Life has been incredibly challenging and there is more than a novel in what has happened in their lives since 2010, but here they are alive and hopeful and coming to see Doctor Jen Halverson.
Jen is the Doc that helped coordinate and serve them in the many many months of recovery after they left the USNS Comfort ship.
EARLIER THIS YEAR Antoinette was able to get a NEW LEG at Healing Hands for Haiti.
Heartline MInistries paid the $800 fee to have her new leg crafted.
WHEN YOU DONATE -- YOU ARE "Heartline". When you donate YOU ARE healing, you are new legs, you are hope, you are investing in babies and mommas.
Your gifts are what keeps these relationships alive.
IF YOU WISH TO HELP keep us going, please consider a YEAR END gift. ANY questions you have about year end giving or our organization are valid and good and we want to answer them.
PLEASE contact: Ashley Leonard or Danielle May or myself with questions.
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We remain grateful for the work of the United States Naval Comfort ship and EVERY SINGLE volunteer and donor that helped us offer a field hospital for the year of 2010.
What an insanely difficult and gorgeous time that was.
May we continue to love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none.