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Would She Lose Another Child to Cholera?

Cristala had lost her youngest son to cholera; now six-year-old Mejin was fighting for her life as well. Read Transcript


Reporter: 6-YEAR-OLD

6-YEAR-OLD NADINE CAME DOWN

WITH CHOLERA AFTER DRINKING

A GLASS OF WATER.

THAT WATER HAD COME FROM A

NEARBY RIVER, THE ONLY WATER

AVAILABLE TO HER COMMUNITY.

THIS IS HER MOTHER.

I ALWAYS DRANK FROM THE

WATER.

I GAVE MY CHILDREN WATER

FROM THE RIVER, TOO.

Reporter: EACH MORNING,

SHE COMES DOWN TO THE RIVER

TO SELECT WATER IN THIS

BUCKET FOR HER CHILDREN.

BUT, SADLY, THIS WATER IS

WHAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF HER

YOUNGEST SON JUST A FEW

MONTHS AGO.

FAR OUT INTO THE

COUNTRYSIDE, BUT RIGHT NEXT

TO HER VILLAGE, THIS RIVER

IS, IN FACT, THE SOURCE OF

ALL OF THE CHOLERA IN

HAITI.

AND WITHOUT REALIZING IT,

SHE HAD GIVEN HER DAUGHTER

THE SAME WATER THAT HAD

KILLED HER INFANT SON.

WITHIN DAYS, SHE WAS

FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.

SHE WAS THROWING UP.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

BUT I DID NOT KNOW IT WAS

CHOLERA.

Reporter: THE DAY THAT

"OPERATION BLESSING" ARRIVED

IN NA NADINE'S VILLAGE, WE

COULD SEE HOW SICK THE

LITTLE GIRL HAD BECOME.

AN "OPERATION BLESSING"

STAFF MEMBER STARTED AN

I.V.

WE THEN TOOK HER TO THIS

HOSPITAL, SET UP TO TREAT

CHOLERA.

SHE SPENT THE NEXT DAYS

THERE ON AN I.V. DRIP, WHICH

SAVED HER LIFE.

BECAUSE OF THE FLOODING,

I HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET

OUT OF THE VILLAGE TO TAKE

HER T TO THE HOSPITAL

ITSELF.

IF "OPERATION BLESSING" HAD

NOT COME, I THINK MY NAD

DEAINE WOULD HAVE DIED.

Reporter: AND

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PROVIDED WATER PURIFICATION

DEVICES FOR DOZENS OF

VILLAGES THERE, INCLUDING

ONE FOR THEIR FAMILY.

AFTER WE GOT THE FILTER,

I WAS NOT AFRAID OF THE

WATER ANYMORE.

GOD SENT YOU TO HELP ME AND

NADINE, BUT SO MANY OTHERS

NEED YOUR HELP.

I HOPE YOU WILL HELP THEM,

TOO.

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