The Triangle region of the American Red Cross has more than 1,400 volunteers across 53 counties in North Carolina. In 2010, Alex Alexis was the only volunteer in North Carolina who was deployed to Haiti following the deadly earthquake. As a registered nurse and a Haitian, Alexis helped many who were hurt including Eriek Louis, a victim of the earthquake. As can be seen in this story, he was “on a bus near a gas station when the earthquake hit. The fuel pumps exploded, engulfing the bus in flames.”
With burns on 80 percent of his body, Alexis helped change Louis’s bandages and take care of him. One day, when Alexis came to help Louis but he was gone. A month later, Alexis was watching the news when he saw Louis appear on the screen. Louis was one of three Haitians transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for further treatment.
You can read more WNCN’s website or watch the video below of their story and friendship. The Red Cross is still helping people in Haiti, more than five years after the quake. You can find more information about our work in Haiti by visiting our website.