Teacher Caught in Haiti Becomes Medical Worker

Desperate times call for acts of heroism.

Teacher Caught in Haiti Becomes Medical Worker

Desperate times call for acts of heroism.

-Carolyn French

Sarah Wilhelm and Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian, his wife Sarah Wilhelm, and their 1-year-old son Miles took a trip to Haiti over the weekend and managed to survive the initial earthquake by ducking under a hotel door frame.

Hagopian is an unemployed teacher from Seattle who had no experience in tending to broken bones, until Tuesday evening.

To help victims of the quake, he worked closely alongside an American media referred to as “J.H.” at the Villa Creole in the Petionville suburb outside of Port-au-Prince.

“People started coming with a broken leg, a broken arm,” he explained during a telephone interview with The Seattle Times on Thursday. “Then the floodgates started to open, and we had truckloads of people show up. I had to do a whole lot of procedures, and the injuries started getting worse.”

Read Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

Jesse and Sarah hope to be evacuated soon, and once they return home they plan to help raise funds for the rescue and recovery effort. (Seattle Times)

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