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May 04, 2010

MyAssist Reunites Haitian Children with Their Families

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

My Assist, a provider of mobile personal assistance is helping Haitian children get the medical care that they need. The company has announced that four Haitian children have been safely transported back home after receiving extensive medical procedures at the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Now, after weeks of care at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, and a flight aboard a plush private jet, four Haitian children severely injured in the January earthquake- are back home, their recovery almost complete.

MyAssist donated a plane, coordinated ground transportation and worked closely with the U.S. government, Haitian government and many other agencies to get the required permissions to return the kids home and into the arms of their families.

John Noel, CEO, MyAssist says that it was absolutely incredible to see joy and happiness from these children and their families - after all the tragedy and hardship they've experienced over the past few months.

These children were among eight that MyAssist evacuated from Hospital Sacre Crure in Milot weeks after the 7.0 earthquake hit outside of Port-au-Prince. All of the children faced life-threatening injuries which could not be adequately treated in any of the Haitian hospitals.

Due to the urgent nature of their injuries, the children were sent to the U.S. without any family members. The successful evacuation was coordinated in conjunction with Dr. Ian Goodman and Kimberly Lucey, a nurse from Baystate Medical Center. All these people were on the ground in Haiti, identified the children and accompanied them to the U.S.

'From the first phone call, I knew this was going to be complicated -- but I wasn't going to stop until we had the kids safely in a hospital with doctors who could help them,' said Sasha Gainullin, vice president of operations for MyAssist. 'Returning them home has been even more rewarding. Knowing that these children are safe, healthy and back with their families is really what MyAssist is all about.'


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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