BRONX, N.Y. (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – While the earthquake in Haiti a year ago destroyed the house of 15-year-old Lovely Ajuste, the disaster may have also brought her a new heart.

After the quake forced Ajuste’s family into one of the many tent cities, Ajuste was able to get treatment at one of the makeshift hospital relief tents where she met Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux from Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center.

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Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux,of Einstein College of Medicine, who treated Lovely in Haiti and helped to get her here for heart surgery. (Photo/Juliet Papa)

That’s when Desruisseaux learned of Ajuste’s medical history.

“So, I did a chest x-ray just to make sure she wasn’t developing pneumonia or anything and when I saw the chest x-ray this was not pneumonia. Her heart was enlarged,” Desruisseaux said.

Now Ajuste will have open heart surgery for her congenital heart condition on Wednesday—the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.

Ajuste recalled her decline in health, especially after the disaster.

“They evacuated and that’s when she started having problems breathing and she couldn’t hardly talk,” Ajuste’s interpreter said.

While evaluating Ajuste, Desruisseaux learned that the Haitian girl had had trouble breathing—even while walking just a few blocks—since she was 8 years old. An X-ray had shown a hole in her heart.

“She had problems breathing normally, especially when she was climbing the hills,” Ajuste’s interpreter said.

Desruisseaux had spent a week in her native Haiti after the earthquake and said she was happy she could help Ajuste get her childhood back.

“There was no facility in Haiti that could accommodate her conditions, even in the best of conditions, even before the earthquake,” Desruisseaux said.

Ajuste’s surgery will be completed by her 16th birthday.

  1. Biblical Prophet says:

    Tesla spent last ten years and died in Room #3327 because Earthquake Machine No. 2 was the Knob Hill Apparatus in Colorado Springs which caused the 27 day long 1899 Alaskan Earthquakes commencing on September 3, 1899 at 3h03m27s or 3:03:27 pm epicenter time. That was a year divisible by 3 times 3, a month divisible by 3 times 3, a day divisible by 3, in an hour divisible by 3, a minute divisible by 3, a second divisible by 3 times 3 times 3 and for Christ’s sake it was Earthquake Milne Shide No. 333…
    This is from straight the USGS regarding the 1899 earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska.
    They lasted 27 days. September 3 to 29, 1899 and included four or five world-shaking disturbances and hundreds of minor shocks. During four weeks there was almost constant palpitation of this part of the earth’s crust. The shocks were most severe on September 3, 10, and 23, and were great on the 15th, 17th, 26th, and 29th. On the 10th there were over 50 small shocks and two world-shaking disturbances. The greatest faulting took place on September 10. The greatest uplift that had ever been recorded in the history of the world took place on September 10, 1899.

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