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Haitian Doctor Texts While Buried Under Rubble, Groups Searching DR HospitalsTim King Salem-News.com
The search is on for a Haitian doctor missing from a local orphanage.
(PORT-AU-PRINCE/SALEM) - The staff of an orphanage in Haiti has contacted Salem-News.com in hope of locating a well known doctor who may be in a hospital in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Laine Jo Smith has an orphanage in Laplaine, Haiti.
Lucille Innocent with Dr. Smith's team, says three days after the disaster, they received a text from him, stating that "He is alive, to come get him under the rumbles of the Perfection auto ecole in Delmas 28," Innocent said.
They have searched all of Haiti's hospitals at this point, with no sign of Dr. Laine Smith. Now they believe that he may have been rescued and evacuated.
"Our only hope is in the Dominican Republic hospitals, because they were the first to help with airlifting and ambulances, trucks, etc." She added, "God bless you guys" in regard to the Dominican rescuers.
Dr. Laine Jo Smith is in his 40's, and he is five feet seven inches tall. His "orphalina" in Laplaine, Haiti is located about 15 minutes from the capitol.
Regarding the location he texted from, Lucille said, "Last we heard from him was three days after the quake, he sent a text to the radio station, saying he is alive, to come get him under the rumbles of The Perfection Auto Ecole at Delmas 28."
She says the family went there but didn't find the doctor, or his corpse. Lucille says a search of Dominican Republic hospitals is underway. Lucille says families in similar situations are going through the hospitals in places like Jimani, Kanj and others near the border line.
Anyone who has information on Dr. Smith should contact Lucille Innocent: firstname.lastname@example.org, the cell phone number is 863-419-6543. Lucille says Dr. Smith is also related to Dr. Saidel Laine of West Palm Beach.
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