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Helping Haiti, one nurse at a time


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MADISON (WKOW) -- From the chaos of Haiti to a classroom at Meriter Hospital, Rigan Louis has learned a lot.

"I think I learned many stuff that will be helpful to me when I am back in Haiti, and I can't wait to go back there to show them this stuff," said Louis.

The idea is to equip him with the practical tools he'll need to improve medical care in Haiti.

"He is engaged, he's ready to learn, he's a sponge, he soaks it all up," said Judy Eckblad, one of the nursing instructors at Meriter who is working with Louis.

On Wednesday, Louis learned how to transfer a patient safely for both the nurse and the patient. He also learned CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Louis says he is happy to be here but when he thinks of home, the guilt returns.

"When I'm talking with someone like my family, sometimes I cry, and it's really hard for me to know that I'm here and they're in Haiti," said Louis.

Louis knows his country is counting on him to learn, teach and breathe a bit of life into a nation left for dead.

"This is not a vacation; this is work. I think they're expecting at home a lot from him, because the objectives that he wants to accomplish that he showed me are huge," said Eckblad.

Four months after the quake, Louis says he's living a dream.

"I didn't plan to come here. That's the thing I can't believe and I will never forget," said Louis.

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