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Spotlight: A life-saving gift for Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The government of Haiti gladly accepted the gift of a portable defibrillator from a church-supported ministry — and promptly put it to use.
For the first time since the devastating 2010 earthquake, the Caribbean nation hosted a three-day event known as the Carnival of Flowers. During the celebration, a participant suffered a heart attack and was revived by the defibrillator.
The automated external defibrillator, or AED, was a gift to Haiti’s First Lady, Sophia Martelly, from Healing Hands International.
The ministry, with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Worth, Texas, delivered the portable machine to Martelly’s home via Harry Hames, Healing Hands’ coordinator for Haiti.
After the carnival, Hames “received a call asking for more pads for the machine, making sure it is always ready to be used,” said Lori Kovach, community relations director.
“He was also told when the president of Haiti travels, the AED machine always goes with him,” Kovach said. “What wonderful news that our gifts are so well received and appreciated. All glory to God that one life has already been saved.”
For more information, see hhi.org.

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