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Haiti Mission trip turns into massive medical emergency


BELOIT (WKOW) -- A simple mission trip to Haiti turned into a massive medical emergency for six of southern Wisconsin women.

The group with Health Ministries for Haiti traveled to Croix Des Bouquets near Port Au Prince to work at an area orphanage.

After the earthquake hit Tuesday, the building the women were staying in was one of the last still standing.

"I thought that was just a miracle and when I talked to her, I started to cry because I didn't know she was still alive," said Rebecca Charles. Her mom Pam is one of the six in Haiti.

Pam's husband, Dr. Pierre Charles, said it was at least 24 hours before he got a hold of his wife. Over the phone she described all the chaos.

"People who had broken arms broken legs and kids who had their extremities smashed," Dr. Charles said, "she also told me about a girl whose face was smashed in on one side."

Dr. Charles said his wife told him she wanted to stay, which did not come as a surprise.

That's because massive disasters are not new to Pam Charles.

She was in L.A. during the '92 riots.

She was also with her husband Pierre in New York at a conference during the 9-11 attacks.

He said Pam started treating those hurt right away.

And although she was not in the Gulf Coast when Katrina hit, she knew she had to help.

"She was there in the worst of it, when they were recovering bodies," Dr. Charles said.

He says the group of six Wisconsin women did everything they could for a city in chaos.

And Pam's kids expect nothing less from their mom.

"When she gets in a situation like this, she doesn't run from it," says her daughter Rebecca Charles.

"When she is at home I don't think of her as a super hero, but when she is out there helping people they might think she is," her son Pierre Charles Jr. said.

The group is awaiting a flight back home which could be either Friday or Saturday.

Online reporting by Brian Rodriguez

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