USS Bataan Arrives off Haiti for Relief Operations

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The U.S. Navy is rushing relief supplies to Haiti and providing medical assistance for earthquake victims on board its ships.

The Navy is also transporting vital supplies and other needed materials from CBN's Operation Blessing International.

As the men of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit went ashore in Haiti to assist with relief and recovery, the sailors on the USS Bataan have stayed busy keeping the pipeline of aid flowing into the country.

When the Marines find someone in need of urgent medical care, they can be given a short helicopter ride to the Bataan's fully-stocked hospital for treatment.

The ship's medical staff has been working overtime for the past few days, caring for dozens of locals injured in the earthquake.

Joaquin Jason is a Creole-speaking Marine who volunteered for this mission.

"The first thing I tell them is, 'Hey, do you know you're on a boat?' And they are shocked and surprised to hear that they are on a boat," Jason said. "One patient told me it's the grace of God that we came down that sent us down here to help."

Little Wilson is the Bataan's miracle baby. When they first found Wilson, he was so sick that they didn't think he was going to survive. But he's doing quite a bit better now.

"In fact, when I grabbed little Wilson, he was lifeless," one Marine recalled. "In fact, nightfall had came upon us and I wasn't even sure if he was breathing. He was really dehydrated. He hadn't eaten in seven days. Malnourished."

"Probably the water they were drinking wasn't good," he speculated. "We don't trust any other water source right now. It's all contaminated. But they survived on what they had to survive with."

David Darg is the director of International Disaster Relief and Special Projects for Operation Blessing International.  He is with the OB team currently in Haiti.  Click here to read his blog.

CBN News Correspondent Chuck Holton is with the Marines in Haiti. Click play to watch his report.

Also, read his blog, Boots on the Ground.

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