Posted by Trina Edwards - email
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An infant from Haiti with burns on over two-thirds of her body is now receiving treatment at Cincinnati Shriner's Hospital.
Two-month-old Varina Mole suffered the burns when the tent she and her family lived in went up in flames last week. Her right leg is so severely burned that her toes are black.
It's believed Varina's mother left the baby and the other children in the home and went to find food when the fire happened.
Varina and her mother arrived at Lunken Airport early Tuesday morning. They flew from Port-Au-Prince to Fort Lauderdale, where doctors knew her injuries were so severe she'd be better off in Cincinnati. She is listed in serious condition at Shriner's.
"She's a fighter. When she wakes up I stimulate her and she cries and screams. That's good," said Dr. Michael Gollotto. "It shows she's a fighter and I think she'll do well."
Varina's trip to Cincinnati was made possible by an organization called Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies, or CARE. This rescue mission is just one of hundreds flown by general and business aviation volunteer pilots since the Haitian earthquake struck in mid-January. CARE has coordinated more than a thousand relief missions, carrying millions of pounds of supplies to people in need all over Haiti.
"Where they were set up in Port au Prince is in a tent hospital, basically on dirt and on mats," said Dr. Gollotto. "The risk of infection and the baby not making it is severe there, so we transport all the children we can to the United States for care."