BAY SHORE - A year ago today, a massive earthquake that killed thousands rocked Haiti. And as that nation struggles to recover, Long Island residents are lending a helping hand.
"Who would've thought a year later I would have two Haitians living in my house?" asks Richard Panetta, of Bay Shore.
Panetta and his wife, Christine, who had spent 65 days working with amputees in Haiti, met Mana Alexandre in Port-au-Prince. She lost both her legs after being crushed by falling debris.
The Panettas later brought Alexandre and her son back to Long Island. Alexandre underwent numerous surgeries and can now walk again.
For an extended interview with Mana Alexandre, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.LI pastor hopes to speed sluggish Haiti quake recovery Long Island group keeps focus on Haiti