3 Haitian child quake victims flown to Philly
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - January 31, 2010 -- Three critically ill children flown from Haiti arrived in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon for treatment.
Officials at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said the patients are a 5-year-old girl with tetanus, a 14-month-old boy critically ill with pneumonia, and a baby with a 3rd-degree burn from sun exposure after the earthquake.
Officials said all three are being treated and remain in critical condition. The Boston-based aid group Partners in Health contacted the hospital to coordinate the effort.
Doctors skirted a bureaucratic logjam to save the children's lives, flying them to Philadelphia on a private jet to avoid a military suspension of medical evacuation flights. The suspension apparently stemmed from a dispute over where seriously injured patients should be taken for treatment.
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