Man who survives 28 days in rubble brought to Salvation Army clinic for help
Salvation Army personnel provided initial triage to the latest survivor of the Haitian earthquake. Evan Ocinia, a 28 year old man, was brought to The Army’s clinic in the Delmas 2 neighborhood of Port-au-Prince after being miraculously pulled from the rubble in the Lionshead marketplace on the morning of February 8th — 28 days after the earthquake that destroyed nearly the entire country. Two men digging thorough the rubble heard Evans calling out to them. They pulled him out and took him to The Army’s clinic.
“Evan was extremely dehydrated and had skin wounds but he didn’t appear to have any critical wounds or broken bones,” according to Major Evelyn Chavez, Emotional and Spiritual Care Officer. “He was able to hold his head up on his own and take some small sips of water from the doctor who accompanied the transport.”
Salvation Army personnel transported Evan to the University Of Miami Hospital, which is located adjacent to the airport in Port au Prince.
The Salvation Army responded immediately to the earthquake in Haiti, with local Salvationists being quickly joined by international personnel. The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince. In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.
Donating to The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army set up a Haiti relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”
Donors can also give via www.samilwaukee.org, 1-800-264-6412 and through the mail at: The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, Haiti Relief Effort PO Box 26019, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”