- Posted January 25, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Found: Reconnected with family
Survived the earthquake, now seeking medical help
I am telling this story on behalf of Jean-Paul Coffy and Yakini Ajanaku-Coffy, a Haitian-American couple living in Chicago. They are my daughter's daycare teachers.
If anyone in CNN is reading this, please follow up. It's an amazing story of an amazing journey of a son to find his parents. We need to help these people or they will die even though they were found alive after the earthquake, against all odds.
After not receiving any communication from his 63-year-old parents for days after the earthquake, Jean-Paul Coffy decided to head down to Haiti and search for them.
He flew from Chicago to the Dominican Republic and continued by bus. He found his parents (Reserve Coffy and Zilania Joassaint) stranded, alone and scared, at the back yard of their shattered house, surviving on a cracker a day between the two of them.
[in the picture - Jean Paul and his parents the day he found them]
His mother was injured. They were weak, hungry, and dehydrated, and thought they were left there to die. Their son's arrival to their rescue was nothing short of a miracle to them.
Nevertheless the catastrophe took a heavy toll on Reserve and especially Ziliana. She had gone through surgery prior to the earthquake, and she is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from diabetes. She is in need of immediate healthcare.
Jean Paul Coffy took his parents to several hospitals in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but were refused treatment due to lack of resources. According to doctors at a private hospital,Ziliana is in desperate need of medical care, or she would die - her organs are slowly shutting down due to complications associated with her untreated diabetes.
Family, friends, neighbors, and the parents of the daycare run by Ajanaku-Coffy family in Chicago are raising funds to help this family. They need money to buy food, water, transportation, and most of all medical care - which is extremely expensive, since the public hospitals are overfull.
More about this story including some videos and photos and a regularly updated blog can be found here:
The Coffys needs all the help they can get. CNN - Please follow up this story so that we can share it with more people.