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Apr 13 2011

Dart Award Honorable Mention

Patients and Healers

This radio piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince. It originally aired on WLRN's "Under the Sun," on July 12, 2010.

This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince. In it, four medical professionals from South Florida recount their experience landing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and struggling to meet a desperate need for medical help.

One describes the situation as “a war zone.” Another describes a feeling of worthlessness, given the scale of the catastrophe.

But then something happens that surprises them: a man begins to play a guitar in the corner of the tent, and patients begin to sing.  Soon every Haitian in the tent is singing or clapping or dancing.  The song: “Jesus, thank you for loving us.”

For those present, it was a tipping point. Asked for her impressions, physical therapist Carmen Maria Romero says, ”It’s extremely humbling to be around a people that, in the worst time of their life, have it in their hearts to give gratitude for what they have left– which is dust.”

The hospital tent, set up near Port-au-Prince’s crippled airport, was run by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Health System and Project Medishare.

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Alicia Zuckerman

  • Aliciza Zuckerman is co-senior producer and co-host of WLRN's "Under the Sun." Alicia also produces WLRN’s weekly news program, The Florida Roundup, and produces stories for WLRN's Arts Desk and Jazz Roots.

Dan Grech

  • Dan Grech is co-senior producer and co-host of WLRN's "Under the Sun." Dan is also the radio news director for the WLRN Miami Herald Report, where he produces 15 daily newscasts for South Florida’s public radio station

Ruth Morris

  • Ruth Morris is associate producer and web editor for WLRN's "Under the Sun." 

Kenny Malone

  • Kenny Malone 

Trina Sargalski

  • Trina Sargalski is an independent radio producer and freelance writer.   She curates and produces pieces for the segment “All in a Day’s Work,” as well as producing other features for Under the Sun.

Sammy Mack

  • Sammy Mack is a freelance writer and assistant producer at WLRN's "Under the Sun." 

Niala Boodhoo

  • Niala Boodhoo is the only Miami Herald reporter who also does regular radio reporting, including hosting, and producing the weekly Miami Herald Friday Business Report.
     

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