January 20th, 2010
06:42 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Stories of Survial

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Another amazing story of survival in Haiti. A five-year-old boy named Monley was found alive in the rubble of his home today. His mother was killed and his father is missing. Monley was taken to a hospital where doctors say he has no broken bones, but he is suffering from severe dehydration.

Anderson was at the hospital when Monley arrived this afternoon. He got details on the rescue from his family.

"The uncle was actually searching through the rubble, looking for the dead body of his brother, this boy's father. The uncle, with four of his friends, not some international search and rescue team, pulled out the little boy," Anderson reported earlier today.

Anderson went to the hospital to see how the doctors and patients were coping after a magnitude 5.9 aftershock this afternoon.

"They actually ended up having to evacuate all the patients from General Hospital and put them in the courtyard of the hospital. And they had been sitting out in the sun, getting dehydrated. I mean, it is - it is a mess there today," Anderson said.

We'll have an update for you on the hospital conditions tonight on 360°.

Partners in Health is worried about the health conditions in Haiti. It issued a warning on its Web site today that as many as 20,000 people might be dying every day from infections. We'll talk it over with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

We're also looking at how senior citizens are coping with the crisis. 360's Gary Tuchman visited a nursing home today in Port-au-Prince. 80 men and women lived there before the quake. Six died, 74 survived, but seeing how they're surviving is difficult. It's a story that we feel must be told.

And, tonight, we'll take you outside of Port-au-Prince to see the damage in the town of Leogane, due west of the capital. Anderson will show you want he discovered when he found the rubble of a catholic school.

We're also following the fallout from the U.S. Senate vote in Massachussets. GOP Sam Brown has won the seat that Democrat Ted Kennedy held for nearly 50 years. What will Brown's election mean for the Democrats fight for health care reform? Wolf Blitzer will talk strategy with our political panel.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 pm. ET.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    I don't think several people who have commented here realize the enormous challenge of bringing aid to a third-world country.

    Haiti is not the United States. The infrastructure before the earthquake would never have supported the efforts going on now, let alone after most of it was destroyed last Wednesday. The airport is already landing more flights a day than it ever has before. The sheer logistics of making that happen is astounding. Expecting them to be able to time departures and arrivals to everyone's liking and need is impossible.

    Shoving cameras in people's faces, especially when they are trying to just do their jobs in the best way possible, with whatever materials they have, is not going to help. No one in Haiti is maliciously keeping back supplies. This is an issue of logistics.

    I've gone on humanitarian aid trips before that have been less organized than this, and they weren't after a horrifically destructive earthquake.

    So to everyone in Haiti making things happen, thank you. To everyone who has donated, thank you. Keep up the good work.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  2. claudette Surpris

    Port-au-Prince has to be decentralized and the rebuilding should be done orderly with regulations. The authorities want to keep their power and close their eyes on the law. Haiti has law to built, but has not been applied. To decentralized the capital, they should built the other cities with schools, hospitals, work to encourage people to stay. Help them to plant again. give them loan to go back to agriculture. Help forestation. let the factories been in the provinces.
    Before Duvalier the majority of people live in the provinces. Duvalier makes them come to the capital every year to show the international that the people of Haiti want him to be "president for Life", when they took all the illeterate people to demonstrate what they never understand.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  3. Paul W

    As an Ameican living in the DR, only a bit more than 100 miles from their capitol, I have unique insight re: the medical supply problem in Port au Prince. Yesterday I was offered a broad selection of medicines stolen from the mountain of displaced aid supplies. The powerful mob style gangs that run everything in the country are purposefully re-routing much of the medicines and supplies. What's more amazing is the Haitian "Government " is an active participant in this travesty. Nothing new for Haiti, just business as usual

    January 21, 2010 at 5:33 am |
  4. Suzanne

    Anderson you are doing a great job. I'm glad you are pointing out that the government is not present. I have been watching continuously since the quake and the only time I have seen the police show up is when that supermarket was being looted. Where are the police? It also seems that the government officials are hiding in that police station doing nothing. You are totally exposing what is going on there.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:26 am |
  5. Martha De la chaussee

    Love you A.C. for all your courage and dedication to this terrible event that the Haitian people are going through. Keep up the good work, keep safe and take care of yourself as best possible. We need people like you in TV who have a heart and keep us all informed of the reality. You go where no others dare to go or are allowed to communicate.
    Bless You

    January 21, 2010 at 3:11 am |
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