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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Latrobe nurse part of team that saved Haitian orphans

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

By Mary Pickels

Tribune-Review

One day after returning from Haiti with a plane full of orphans, Excela Latrobe Hospital nurse Connie Moore was back at work.

A little tired, Moore, a surgical nurse manager, nonetheless was exhilarated by the trip, a rescue mission that brought dozens of children to Pittsburgh.

Accompanying Moore, 56, was her daughter, Jennifer Moore, 24, of Irwin, a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital.

Monday's trip was orchestrated by Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. Jason Altmire and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

"We talked a bit about what our hopes and plans were on the plane going down," Moore said Wednesday.

Flying into Port-Au-Prince, the team saw lights.

"When we landed, we realized the lights were all fires that people were using for light, maybe to cook, if they had food," Moore said.

The airport had one runway, and the air traffic control tower was destroyed.

As it turned out, the children were not at the airport. After waiting for a military escort that did not arrive, Ben Avon sisters Ali McMutrie, 22, and Jamie McMutrie, 30, who operate the BRESMA orphanage, took the children to the U.S. Embassy.

The orphanage sustained severe damage in last week's earthquake.

While some members of the team met with the children, others stayed at the airport.

 

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