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Maryland Earthquake Victim To Return To Haiti

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By Greg Peppers

Rick Santos, from Silver Spring, Maryland, spent 55 hours trapped in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port Au Prince, Haiti after an earthquake that devastated the island. He is returning to Haiti next month.

Santos is president and CEO of IMA World Health. His group is one of many non-governmental organizations assisting in Haiti. Santos says IMA will be distributing oral medications in Haiti to fight a host of diseases.

"From a health perspective we think there needs to be rebuilding of the health system and the health infrastructure, but they also need a lot of agricultural support," he says. "They need livelihood support, meaning basically the creation of jobs. I mean, Haiti at this point still needs everything."

Santos says he still has vivid memories of the earthquake, memories that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

"The parts that always seem to get to me are when I start seeing or talking about my two colleagues who we lost, Rev. Sam Dickson and Rev. Clint Rob, who were trapped with me and who were actually, who had a lot of rubble on their legs," he says.

Santos says he will be saying a final farewell to his colleagues when he returns to Haiti.

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