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January 27th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Wife of earthquake victim: 'Continue searching'

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Renee Hames
Special to AC360°

More than two weeks ago my husband (David Hames) was trapped in the lobby at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. My heart aches terribly as the days go by, but my faith tells me anything is possible — including that David is alive.

David was last seen about 20 feet from the elevator shaft where Dan Woolley was rescued, and two days ago they recovered the tripod he had been carrying when the earthquake began. The tripod is dusty but not broken.

Along with his tripod, we know David was carrying his backpack, and his pack probably had water and granola bars inside. We also know the rescue teams are still finding voids in the hotel. The ground opened up around Dan and David at the time of the quake, but even though they’ve rescued Dan and found David’s tripod, we still don’t know where my husband is. My hope and prayer is that he is in one of these pockets in the basement, using his resources to survive.

David Hames is my soul mate. He is kind and funny and his love for his family is unstoppable. David’s heart is filled with joy for our two young boys, and they think the world of the man who gets down on the floor with them to wrestle, play tag, and play Star Wars. Our boys and I can’t fathom life without David in it, and the other families waiting for word on their loved ones at the Hotel Montana can’t fathom life without their husbands, wives, or children.

The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” He is our God who provides beauty and joy even in the midst of devastation, and no matter what happens, my faith in Him will not be shaken.

Still I am asking government officials to continue searching the area where my husband’s tripod was found to be certain that he is not trapped alive in a void. And I beg these officials to continue the rescue at the Hotel Montana until every missing person has been found.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Opinion
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Magalie Monplaisir

    I Would Like To Thank Mr Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, And Larry King For The Support They Have Been Giving Haiti.For So Long Haiti Has Been Going Through Misery. May God Bless You All And Please Let Me Know If You Get The Message.

    January 28, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  2. Mary Washington

    I do believe the search should continue up to at least 30 days. No one knows how God will provide for life under rubble.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  3. Kyle Patrick

    Amen. Please Dig.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:03 am |
  4. Arjel barruga

    God has a purpose on this tragedy.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:55 am |
  5. Mary Plageman

    Hotel Montana hosted many foreign visitors...those who came and went on behalf of improving the Haitians' life experience in many ways. If a poll were taken, I imagine that the majority staying there were on some sort of humanitarian mission (even businessmen). On behalf of those families that are awaiting news of their missing family members from beneath the hotel's wreckage, we say that this is a special search, one that the world needs to continue for spiritual as well as practical reasons. A continued search represents respect that travellers were within Haiti, many to improve the situation that has been there in need of leadership, direction and resources. Each person represents a force to be thanked and a family to be restored in some way. Rescue the living and find the deceased, but never give up on those who wanted only good and came far to do it for Haiti.

    January 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  6. Jennifer Chumbley

    We are praying David Hames and all the survivors are rescued.

    January 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  7. Isabel - Brazil •

    I'm with you Renee!

    The search can not stop! The struggle for life has to be
    tireless!

    The real winners in life are people who look at every situation
    with the hope to solve it or improve it.

    I'm praying for you and your family!

    Stay with God!

    January 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm |

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