Haitian amputee given prosthetics by LI couple
A woman who lost both of her legs in the Haitian earthquake is now undergoing physical therapy to use prosthetics she got thanks to a Long Island couple.
Richard and Christina Panetta, two physical therapists from Oakdale, were volunteering in Port-au-Prince when they met Mana Alexandre. They saw Alexandre's small home that had concrete steps, no running water or electricity, and knew the recent amputee would not be able to care for herself or her son.
The Panettas brought Alexandre and her baby to Long Island on emergency visas and got Alexandre prosthetic legs free of charge.
Alexandre says she's grateful to the Long Islanders who have helped her and is eager to chase her baby son.