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Democrats Face Massachusetts Revolt; Unrelenting Crisis in Haiti; 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Cayman Islands

Aired January 19, 2010 - 11:00   ET


TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Let's get going here. It is Tuesday, January 19th, and here are the top stories for you in the CNN NEWSROOM.

The U.S. military gears up in Haiti. Food and water rain from the sky while troops hit the ground with supplies and security.

Americans giving to Haiti at a record pace. What you need to know before you send a donation.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Even if I die, I love you so much.


HARRIS: A woman trapped under the wreckage of a bank with nothing to buy but time. Jeanette's six-day struggle is one you will be talking about all day.

Good morning, everyone. I'm Tony Harris, and you are in the CNN NEWSROOM.

Our coverage of Haiti a week after the earthquake in just a moment. But first this hour, they are voting right now in Massachusetts to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

What should have been a cakewalk for Democrats has turned into a real nail-biter, with national implications for health care.

CNN has its White House correspondent, Dan Lothian, on duty in Boston today, his old stomping ground before he got the big promotion.

Dan, how did the Dems get here? Is there a single poll in the state that has Democrat Martha Coakley leading in this race?

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Not at all. I mean, all the polls that we've seen in recent days has it either neck and neck, or Scott Brown, the Republican in this race, leading by a few points.

And Tony, what's so remarkable about this is that, about a week and a half ago, Martha Coakley, the Democrat, was up by about 15 points or so. And now you find this race could go either way. It certainly is not what people here expected.

HARRIS: Well, Dan, how did this happen?

LOTHIAN: That's a question everyone is asking.

HARRIS: How do you lose that kind of a lead?

LOTHIAN: Right. You're right. And even Democrats will admit that Martha Coakley simply did not mount an aggressive campaign here.

First of all, over the Christmas break she took some time off. Scott Brown was out there working straight through. He was very aggressive, shaking hands.

You know I'm from Massachusetts, and I've been watching this race very closely. And, you know, you couldn't turn your TV on without seeing something from Scott Brown. You couldn't go out somewhere without seeing Scott Brown shaking hands. So, you know, that's been a factor as well.

She's also made, you know, a few mistakes here. She was on a radio show talking with someone and she talked about Curt Schilling, who's a former Red Sox star, as being a Yankee fan. You know, her campaign says that it was a joke. But we were talking to someone this morning here who pointed that out, that it's sort of just a microcosm of a bigger problem, that here's a candidate who's not in touch with reality.

HARRIS: Yes. But Dan, you're not electing her to be team president for the Red Sox. They have got someone in that position.

I mean, isn't this a woman that has served the state in a number of different capacities for years?

LOTHIAN: She has a well-known name here. I covered her when I was a local reporter here years ago. She was a county prosecutor, then she got elected to attorney general. Certainly a well-known name and someone who was expected to essentially run away with this race.

It hasn't happened at this point. And part of it, say those who are watching this race very closely, is that, you know, there's this anger, there's this frustration from what is happening on the national level.

They realize that there's joblessness out there. They have lost their jobs, they can't pay for their homes and keep their mortgages. There's a lot of concern about what the president is doing with health care reform. So there's that anger, there's that frustration.

We heard that again talking to voters here this morning. And that, in part, has sort of led a lot of people to take a second look at Scott Brown. He's exploited that and has been able to move up in the polls.

HARRIS: Hey, Sonia (ph), do we have some of the tape of Dan's conversations with voters in Massachusetts? I'd love to hear some of what they're saying. Do we have that?

All right. Let's roll some of that.


TOM MARABELLA, MASSACHUSETTS VOTER: The state, we want to show nationally that we can make a difference with our own change, turn down the policies of Washington. We just can't take it anymore.


HARRIS: OK. Just wanted to hear a bit of that.

So -- yes -- no, go ahead, Dan.

LOTHIAN: There's that frustration. There's that frustration that we were talking about.

They feel that a lot of the policies of the Obama administration have been sort of eating away, you know, at their rights or, you know, pushing into their lives. And they don't like it and they're frustrated, and that's what you're seeing here.

And Scott Brown is saying I'm not going to take any more, I'm going to go to Washington. I'm not even going to support health care reform. And that's what's driving his campaign.

HARRIS: OK. Let's -- because I've totally run out of time again, mismanaging a segment on time, as usual. When we talk again next hour, Dan, let's talk about the implications of a Scott Brown win in this race for health care and beyond and what the administration's plan B might be, if there is one.


HARRIS: Our White House correspondent, Dan Lothian in Boston.

Dan, appreciate it. Thank you.

And CNN will bring you results from the Massachusetts Senate race tonight. Polls close at 8:00 Eastern. Campbell Brown leads CNN's coverage with the best political team on television.

Now to the unrelenting crisis in Haiti.

One week since the killer earthquake struck, and many survivors still can't get basics like food and water. Here is what we know.

The supply line into the devastated capital remains clogged by airport congestion and blocked roads. Bypassing that gridlock, the U.S. military has started delivering badly need food and water by parachute.

Sporadic violence and looting have erupted as survivors grow more desperate. Experts warn of growing danger such as deaths from untreated wounds and disease outbreak. Our Karl Penhaul joining us now from Haiti, in front of Haiti's presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.

And Karl, if you would, what is happening at the palace? Because unless things have changed dramatically, there is no government business going on there.

KARL PENHAUL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Right, Tony, but the dramatic thing to happen this morning was that we saw the first U.S. troops, paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, dropping into the grounds of the ruined presidential palace.

Now, helicopters' worth of troops came in. And since then, they have moved around to Port-au-Prince's General Hospital. And you can see in this area this is the biggest government-run hospital in the whole country.

Since the earthquake, they have treated about 1,800 surgeries, a lot of crush injuries and that kind of stuff. And the U.S. troops have come around here, they say, to provide security so that humanitarian efforts can go on here.

But what also the doctors who have been running this place, both a mixture of Haitian doctors, as well as U.S. aid organizations, they also hope that the U.S. military will bring in logistics such as generators to help them continue operating here. There's a chronic lack of medical supplies, and the doctors were saying, even as early as this morning, they were using vodka instead of surgical alcohol to swab down equipment. So they do hope here that the arrival of troops from the 82nd Airborne will help the flow of supplies into this hospital.

That said, amongst the international aid community there is skepticism. There's some criticism that the U.S. has spent too much focus on the military effort, on getting guys with guns on the ground, instead of giving priority to civilian aid traffic and getting those supplies in. We know of several international aid organizations whose aircraft have had to have been rerouted by Santo Domingo and then come into Haiti by road because the U.S. military, which is controlling Port-au-Prince's airport, had been giving priority to military flights.

And amongst the Haitians themselves, a great deal of curiosity about the arrival of the Americans. Some are questioning exactly what they're doing. They say they need more food and water and fewer guys with guns. Other Haitians seem to be happy to see them, describing Haiti as a shattered state, and say that they believe that the Americans may be able to help to get what has been a chaotic and somewhat uncoordinated aid effort back on track -- Tony.

HARRIS: All right. With an effort this big, there is plenty of room to criticize. Not that the criticism isn't valid.

But Karl, a couple of points here. Just from where you are, maybe you can give us an illustration here. From the point where you are in that line that you're in front of, how long from where you are to get help, and how long does that and how far does that line stretch?

PENHAUL: Well, here, this is a small group. I'm just going to step out of the way and let you see a small group here that are gathering by the cordon.

They now know the Americans are here. They think that somehow that is going to change operations at this hospital. But essentially, talking to the doctors, the American doctors who have been running part of the aid effort out of here, they say there has never been a security problem here at the hospital, but there is a problem of getting supplies in.

Now, once the patients have been treated in some of these buildings for their injuries, a lot of crush injuries, then they are then simply taken out. There are no wards, there are no waiting rooms, and so then the patients get put on beds, literally on the parkways leading up to the hospital.

As you can see now, maybe, Tony, there is a lady there being stretchered, being taken in by doctors for surgery, and that has been the patent here over the last few days. You know, it's been nearly a week now since the quake, but people are still coming in for their first surgeries.

And this is what doctors are saying. If medical supplies cannot be delivered quickly enough, if surgeries cannot be carried out quickly enough, then some of those who survived the initial quake may now die of their injuries. Even those who do receive surgery, if they can't get some vital medicines including, you know, five-cent antibiotics, they may not make it through.

And so that is really why the international community, in conjunction with the U.S. military and also the military that's supporting the United Nations, really need to coordinate, to streamline these supplies to get rid of some of these logjams that we've been seeing over the past week -- Tony.

HARRIS: All right.

CNN's Karl Penhaul for us.

And we stayed with the picture long enough -- great reporting, Karl, but we stayed with the picture long enough to see just how much need is on the ground there at your particular location. A woman being taken into the facility on a stretcher, and you saw a picture of another woman limping badly with a gash, her knee wrapped, and also a head dressing as well.

We are getting more information about an earthquake that rattled the Cayman Islands a little more than an hour ago.

Meteorologist Rob Marciano is following that for us.

Rob, what's the latest?

ROM MARCIANO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: 5.8, that hasn't changed, although they may revise that. 5.8 magnitude quake about 40 miles east-southeast of Georgetown.

We'll go into this area. A couple of -- a handful of small islands here just south of Cuba.

And the deal with this, it was six miles deep. So same depth as the Haiti quake. They did feel it in Grand Cayman, but only light to moderate shaking felt. And as you can imagine, the building codes in this area much, much better than they are in Haiti.

Is this at all related to the Haiti quake? Well, it's along the same boundary between the North American plate, which rides here, and the Caribbean plate, which rides here. But most scientists will tell you the only thing it could possibly be related to, Tony, is if this was already a weak area to begin with and this has kind of pushed it over the edge. But other than that, it's not the same fault line, but geographically fairly close.

HARRIS: OK, Rob. Appreciate it. Thank you, sir.

MARCIANO: You bet.

HARRIS: And we'll get back to you in just a couple of minutes.

A week after the disaster in Haiti, getting desperately needed relief to the people is still, as you can see, a major challenge. The U.N. World Food Program is trying to bring some order to the chaos. It is setting up for food distribution points in Port-au-Prince.

You can see the locations here on the map. Very nice.

The U.N. says all four sites should be up and running in a couple of days.


The U.S. Air Force bypassed the aid bottlenecks with an airdrop of food and water north of Port-au-Prince yesterday. A C-17 cargo plane dropped pallets holding 9,600 bottles of water and 42,000 meals ready to eat, known as MREs.

Trapped in the rubble for five days with no food or water, a nightmare for one woman whose ordeal we first told you about yesterday. Mireille Dittmer was shopping at a market in Port-au- Prince last Tuesday when the world literally caved in around her. She was one of several people rescued Sunday by a group of U.S. firefighters.

Right now, Dittmer is at a hospital in the Miami area, and she is talking about what happened.


MIREILLE DITTMER, EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR: My mind thought, gosh, I'm trapped. I'm dead. You know, it's -- what will happen, what next? You know, you have this mind of survival in you. What are you going to do? What am I going to do? But there's nothing I could do because I was trapped.

And I was trapped. The rubble is here on one side, I was trying to look what's going on around. I could not.

So, finally, you know, slowly I had to accept the fact that I was -- there might be a possibility that, you know, before -- the only hope I had is if they start getting all the debris out, then I have at least a chance to get out. But then that's when I realized that the chance wasn't big, so I started praying.


HARRIS: Are you ready for this? Amazingly, Dittmer has no serious injuries.

If you want to help the people in Haiti, we have what you need to know before you give.

And Rob Marciano is back. He is tracking weather and really a deluge hammering the West Coast.

But first here's the latest on Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange. Take a look at the numbers now. We're in positive territory, up 77 points, and we're following these numbers with Susan Lisovicz throughout the morning and afternoon, right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.


HARRIS: Americans are opening their hearts and wallets for Haiti, and the outpouring of support is overwhelming. Experts say donations are on track to exceed the outpouring after Hurricane Katrina.

Gerri Willis, your personal finance editor, has tips about giving.

And Gerri, we're looking for bang for buck here. Bank for buck.


HARRIS: How do we get the most out of what we donate?

WILLIS: Well, you want your money to go far, so first you want to avoid those newly formed charities. Work with an established charity that has experience in Haiti.

Let's face it, establishing a new charity is hard enough, but in a crisis the odds of succeeding are slim to none. Look for a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief. If you really feel compelled to donate to a new charity, make sure, at the very least, it's a registered 501 C3 public charity -- Tony.

HARRIS: And Gerri, can you tell the charity how you'd like your money to be spent?

WILLIS: Yes, you can. Charities do encourage donors not to do this. They don't want you to designate your gifts. But you can tell the charity exactly what to do with your contribution.

Most charities with online giving portals, they offer you a checkbox feature so you can tell the organization how to spend your contribution. If you're mailing in your check, then write a note in the memo section of the check specifying that you want your gift spent entirely on the current crisis -- Tony.

HARRIS: And what should people avoid here, Gerri?

WILLIS: Don't send a check to the Haitian government. Haiti has been known as an unstable country, even before the disaster, as we have repeatedly reported. The government really isn't functioning well right now. Keep in mind also that contributions to foreign governments, they're not tax deductible.

HARRIS: And maybe you can remind us again of the kind of help that is most needed right now.

WILLIS: You know, it's all about the greenbacks. It's about the money, the dollars and cents.

Don't send supplies. We see images of people in need of food and water, but it's not practical or efficient to send that. Look, even if mail could get to Haiti, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them.

Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to acquire launch amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water or new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale, turn your used goods into cash, and then donate that to a worthy charity with a real track record on the ground.

And if you have any tips or questions about donating to charities, send them to me at

HARRIS: That's terrific, Gerri. Appreciate it. Thank you.

Boy, I hope you had an opportunity to watch the star-studded panel of guests brought together by Larry King last night, all for Haiti. It was a special edition of "LARRY KING LIVE," and it raised $7.3 million last night. That money will be distributed through the American Red Cross and UNICEF.

You can still help -- Susan Sarandon. Wow, Ashley Judd.

Log on to

Let's get you caught up now on our top stories.

Voters in Massachusetts are deciding right now who will take over the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. The outcome could decide the future of health care reform. Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown are neck and neck. President Obama campaigned for Coakley on Sunday.

And the Democrats get a painful reminder about another race. Republican Chris Christie being sworn in today as governor in New Jersey. He beat out incumbent Jon Corzine back in November. It is the first time a Republican holds that office in eight years.

The FBI may have a lot of explaining to do. "The Washington Post" reports the agency violated the law when it collected more than 2,000 phone records during the Bush administration. The report says the FBI invoked a terrorism emergency that didn't exist or simply bullied phone companies into handing over records.

Getting help to the people who need it. What's it like to be on the ground? A worker with Mercy Corps gives us her take on what is and what is not happening to get help to the people of Haiti.

We are back in a moment.



HARRIS: One week after the massive earthquake in Haiti, getting food, water and medical aid to the victims is still chaotic. But former president Bill Clinton tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he expects the situation to improve quickly. Clinton is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.


BILL CLINTON, FMR. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think that aid is coming in as fast as we can get it in by air and a little bit by sea. The real -- as you know, the real bottlenecks are the distribution system here. And that, I think, is inevitable, given the level of destruction of the government ministries and the buildings and all the things that you're seeing here.

I think the distribution system is going to go way up. And I think that I'll be surprised and disappointed if 48 hours from now, we're not feeding and bringing fresh water to dramatically larger numbers of people than we were 48 hours ago.

The nation as a whole could be built back stronger, in a more just society, a more educated society, a society with better health care, a society with more clean energy, and many, many more jobs, a society that ends deforestation and brings back real agriculture. We can do all that now, and I'm going to try.


Clinton and former President George W. Bush are heading up a fundraising effort for Haiti. Here's the Web site:

Something old, something new, something more, maybe cash for you. The link between marriage and your bottom line. Who comes out ahead financially, the bride or the groom?


HARRIS: So here's the deal. Marriage is supposed to be a partnership, not a competition, right? But all things are not created equal.

Years ago, it was in a woman's best interest to get hitched -- financially speaking, that is -- but now the tables have turned. Oh, boy.

Susan Lisovicz at the New York Stock Exchange with details.

I love it, Susan. Stir it up.

SUSAN LISOVICZ, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: And that's why, Tony, we have runaway brides.

HARRIS: We're sensitive to that story here in Atlanta, as you know.

LISOVICZ: Well, this is going by science. OK? This is not subjective.

But Tony, historically, marriage has been one of the surest ways to financial security for women. That is, unless your name sounds like Rockefeller or Buffett or something. You know, get married, that will certainly put you in a more financially stable position.

But a new study from Pew turns that right on its head. Now it's men who are getting the bigger economic boost, a bigger share.

Why is that? Men are married to women who are better educated than they are and earn more money than they do. Look at this. Tony, in 1970, only 4 percent of husbands had a wife who earned more money, compared to 22 percent in 2007. In 1970, 28 percent of husbands had more education, 20 percent of wives had more education. Now the numbers have flip-flopped. There has been a seat change in terms of wages and in terms of education for women and, well, we're on more equal footing, let me put it.

It's about time, Tony.

HARRIS: Men can't handle this. I'm just telling you. I'm channeling everything here and I'm telling you...

LISOVICZ: There's some ego involved, but you know, let's face it, women are going for more advanced degrees. You know, the wage gap is slowly narrowing.

HARRIS: All right. Well, this isn't a complete coup for women. Some of it has to do with this recession and the impact on men.

LISOVICZ: No question about it, Tony, and that's why it's been called the "he-session." I mean the unemployment rate for men in this downturn is higher. No question about it. The numbers point to that too -- above 10 percent for men, 8 percent for women. Why is that? Manufacturing and construction have been hit the hardest.

Also, of course then, the job opportunities for women are better now than they are in 1970. More women are college educated. Some of the areas where we have so many women are health care, education itself.

And finally, let's talk about that wage gap. In 2007, women made 78 percent of what men earned. That is not perfect, we know that. Compare that, though, to 52 percent in 1970. So some big strides have been made, more improvement there needed.

Tony, just think, what if we were really on equal footing? Then all these men welcome back chasing us to the altar. Well, whatever.

HARRIS: Dogs and cats living together, the world unbalanced.

LISOVICZ: Venus, Mars, you name it.

Hey, look, I've got green arrows for you. It's all good on Wall Street. The Dow, the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are higher.

HARRIS: Look, there are going to be problems. I'm just telling you right now, there are going to be problems.

Good to see you, Susan, appreciate it. See you next hour.

Mercy Corps is one of the international aid groups on the ground working to help the people of Haiti. The organization is focused on providing clean drinking water, using filtration systems. Mercy Corps spokeswoman Cassandra Nelson joining us from Port-au-Prince.

And good to see you, thanks for your time, Cassandra. A week after this tragedy, are the people -- just a general assessment from you -- are the getting the help they need? The answer seems to range from yes to absolutely not. What's your assessment?

CASSANDRA NELSON, MERCY CORPS SPOKESWOMAN: I think that some of the people are getting the help they need, and each day the aid effort is reaching more and more people. So it certainly is increasing, but not everyone who needs assistance has been helped yet. The needs are absolutely overwhelming and everyone is working as fast as they can, but there's certainly a lot of people out there that still need to be reached.

HARRIS: OK, and describe your setup -- your operation, your staging, your communications with other agencies, your security setup. I know a lot of questions there, but how are you operating in Port-au- Prince?

NELSON: Well, operations here have been an incredible challenge and Mercy Corps has done emergency response for years and years and is very seasoned. We have to say, this is probably one of the hardest ones we've had.

We are working out of an office. Right now our office is overflowing. It's a place where we all sleep, we all eat, granola bars and we all do our work there as well so we're really obviously in a challenging work environment. We're having a hard time getting vehicles and getting fuel just to get around town and obviously there's the traffic issues that we're facing.

But there is a lot of coordination efforts that are going on to really make sure that there are no gaps in terms of how the aid is going to be delivered. So we're working with our colleague humanitarian aid organizations and the United Nations to really synchronize our efforts and make sure that geographically we're covering, you know, the right areas.

HARRIS: OK. Your focus is water and purifying water, filtration systems. How are you able to do this, because -- are you shipping in water? Are you able to tap into, for example, the World Food Program's supply of water? How are you getting what you need to do the work you're doing?

NELSON: So for water what we're doing right now is we're shipping in five water filtration systems and three or four desalination systems. They have not arrived yet. We are waiting for them to get here.

Right now, in the interim period while we wait for those devices -- and those will give us -- will serve 25,000 families with those units as soon as they arrive. But in the interim, our water engineers are out right now, they're working with the communities to identify where would be appropriate places to put them, as well as we've also gone out and are working to identify any existing water wells that have been damaged in the earthquake but that can be quickly fixed. So those are some quick band-aids we can put on there while we're waiting for our other systems to arrive, which really help the problem here.

In terms of coordinating with the WFP, we're doing that on our food distributions. We're working to distribute high energy biscuits. The WFP has them in a warehouse in stock here and we're working with them to actually take them that last mile and get them out to the families in need.

HARRIS: One last question for you, Mercy Corps, my understanding, is putting together a work-for-cash program. What's the idea here and how does it work?

NELSON: OK. This is a program we're going to probably be starting up next week and in the coming weeks. It is basically a program that's a little bit akin to, say, the WPA program in America.

The idea is to get the Haitian people fully engaged in their own recovery, so we basically hire the local community people to go out and clean up their neighborhoods, get debris and we pay them a basic wage. That wage allows them to actually go out and buy what they need versus being dependent on assistance and handouts from aid organizations. Lets them stand on their own feet.

It also has a really positive, I believe, emotional and psychological impact on the people, that they actually are then engaged in their recovery and are not just simply standing by. HARRIS: I like that. I hope you can get it up running and I hope it's wildly successful for you.

Good to see you, Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps. Thanks for the time.

Still to come in the NEWSROOM, new families emerge from the quake rubble. Orphans from Haiti meet their adoptive parents in the United States. We are live from Pittsburgh.


HARRIS: Let's get you caught up now on our top stories.

Voters are deciding right now in Massachusetts, they're choosing a senator to replace the late Ted Kennedy. Democrat Martha Coakley and republican Scott Brown are locked in a surprisingly tight race. A republican victory would end the democrats' Senate supermajority and put President Obama's health care reform plans at risk.

A Pakistani scientist went on trial in New York today. Aafia Siddiqui is accused of shooting at U.S. officers in Afghanistan. An indictment says she had ties to al Qaeda and carried notes about dirty bombs when arrested.

And a New York judge today refused to dismiss the grand larceny case against CBS producer Robert Halderman. Prosecutors say Halderman tried to blackmail "Late Show" host David Letterman. He allegedly wanted $2 million or he'd expose Letterman's affairs with female staffers.

Fifty-three Haitian orphans have arrived in the United States and they will soon have new homes. Many of them were in the final stages of being adopted when the earthquake struck. This morning they flew to Pittsburgh on a flight with Governor Ed Rendell.

CNN's Marry Snow is with us. And, Mary, my understanding is you are at a hospital where the kids are being checked out.

MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Children's Hospital, Tony, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The children just got here, one by one went into the hospital. Some obviously babies who had to be wrapped in makeshift blankets, others borrowing clothes, because these children were in T-shirts and tank tops. Some of them smiling and waving as they went through.

And, you know, the governor and others on that plane said that they were very happy. For these children, this is the first time they had gotten on a plane, it's a military plane that left Haiti last night, very noisy, but they were not fearful. There was one scene they described as the kids clapping and singing at one point.

These children are from an orphanage that was run by two sisters here in Pittsburgh. One of those sisters accompanied the children, the other one is about to come home, is expected home later today with a final child from that orphanage. CNN's Gary Tuchman had reported on this orphanage in recent days and showed the damage to the building. The children had to stay outside. These two women were scared about security and also, obviously, food and water supplies running out.

What happened here is that the university sent down medical teams and supplies. Governor Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, also got involved and went on this mission. They went in yesterday. He said it was very touch and go. There were hurdles with the embassy, but they were able to get these children out on what is deemed humanitarian parole. This is something the Department of Homeland Security said it would grant on special need cases, like some of these Haitian orphans, and that is how ultimately they arrived here in Pittsburgh.

HARRIS: Oh, my goodness. Mary, you've seen the pictures, but the pictures are amazing.

All right, so the kids are in the hospital, they're being checked out and then what happens?

SNOW: Well, Tony, as you mentioned, most of these children had had been in the process of being adopted. In fact, 47 had adoption agreements; 40 of them with families here in the U.S., four in Spain, three in Canada. And obviously now officials will work to finalize those adoptions.

But as it turns out, the county right now is responsible for these children, so they're going to have to place them in temporary homes. They said any movements will require a court order because they have to keep strict locations, strict track of these children.

Seven of these children were not in the adoption process. Obviously they're going to be added to the system, according to officials.

HARRIS: Mary Snow for us. Amazing pictures, Mary, appreciate it. Thank you.

One week into the Haiti disaster, imagine going that long and not knowing the fate of someone you love. Our Josh Levs is tracking reunions and helping people reconnect right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.


HARRIS: OK. All over the world families are holding out hope that their loved ones will be found alive under the rubble in Haiti. Josh Levs joining us now with one family's story.

And, Josh, what we're talking about is making connections here. I know we've got a big page at And that's what we're trying to do, we're giving folks an opportunity to put their information up and make connections with loved ones and vice versa.

JOSH LEVS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And I mean, honestly, in a way, this is half the story. You have the horror of what's going on ground in Haiti, but you have these people all over the world, Tony, but in many cases are just terrified for their loved ones.

And we have joining us on the phone right now Caroline, whose cousin is down there. Caroline, are you with us?


LEVS: Good morning to you.

Listen, Caroline, I know that your cousin -- and we have a picture of him, I want to show him. This is your cousin, Adolpho Prato, and he is, as you understand it, is trapped underneath the Caribbean Market, is that right?

ZENNY: That's correct. We received a text from him about two days after the earthquake saying that he was alive under the rubble in the market.

LEVS: We have some video. I know that this video has been giving you some hope because Caribbean Market -- let's go to that -- in Port-au-Prince, Caroline, is one of the few places where there have actually been rescues. We've been hearing, even earlier this morning, we've been hearing about some rescues there.

And you say he told you in that text two days after the quake that he was alive and near a freezer. Have you had any contact since then from him?

ZENNY: We have not had contact with him, but people that were rescued, specifically Mireille Dittmer confirmed there were many voices of people she was hearing down there alive. And that because it's a supermarket and they have access to food, that's probably what's keeping them alive down there.

LEVS: That's amazing. And we can go in even further, this is his photo. I know you are, you are holding out the hope there.

Now, this is also part of an amazing story because he has a baby, right? And I also understand his wife was killed there and yet his baby survived, is that right?

ZENNY: That is correct.

I have to tell you that we are firm believers in God. And we know that he will get not only us but every other person who's suffering from this circumstance, he will give us hope and get us out of this situation.

But what happened is miraculously he was there with him, his wife and the baby. He was with a friend who miraculously left the supermarket with the baby and left Adolfo inside with his wife, Farah (ph).

LEVS: And I have some video of that friend. Let's actually listen to it. Our Gary Tuchman tried to speak with him the other day. Let's listen to what his friend, Jeff, said. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JEFF MOUSSA, TAKING CARE OF BABY: I think the parents, the mothers, they're going to take -- I can't talk right now because I'm so in emotion right now.

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And I don't want to make you any more upset than you are. He told me the story and I was so touched by it. That he's taking good care of the 6-month-old child. He's not sure what to do.


LEVS: That was the exchange there. He was trying to talk about what had happened. He had randomly left the market with the baby.

ZENNY: That is correct.

LEVS: And because he, your cousin's friend had randomly left the market at that moment, the baby is now alive. Your cousin has lost his wife.

Listen, what I want to talk to you about is this before I let you go, so many families struggling trying to get by the day, but you are holding out hope every day that your cousin is alive. Tell me how you get through the day, what you think, what you do to hold on to that feeling.

ZENNY: Well, first of all, it's a very mixed emotion that's almost unexplainable, because every time you see someone come out of the rubble, you start jumping for joy thinking it's him and it's not. And then you go back to that feeling where you're praying, you're on your knees. And we have people praying all over the world, not only for him but for every single person that's under the rubble.

It's a very mixed feeling. You're praying, you're happy when someone is rescued and then go back to that fear again. Days are going by, time is of the essence and we're pleading, pleading that they will send more people there to help in the rescues, not only there in Montana and so many other places that we know there are people still alive.

LEVS: Well, Caroline, listen, it's so good to talk with you. I want to thank you for joining us today and you are really symbolic and an inspiration to so many people out there who are holding out hope. We're sorry for the loss you've already incurred, your cousin's wife. And thank you very much for joining us.

ZENNY: Thank you, CNN, and thank you to the world for seeing us and helping us during this time of pain. Thank you.

LEVS: Thank you.

And, Tony, thousands, thousands, of similar stories pouring in to us at iReport. And what we wanted to show you there was one glimpse at one family that is managing to hold out hope every day even in the middle of this horror, believing that their loved one is still alive.

HARRIS: And the world is certainly responding. Josh, appreciate it, thank you.

LEVS: You got it, thank you.

HARRIS: Got to tell you, we can be a pretty stoic, even cynical bunch in the CNN NEWSROOM. OK, in full disclosure, the cynic in the group is me. But this story really shook us up.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. She's there. She's alive!


HARRIS: What happens next is enough to give a lot of people hope.


HARRIS: OK. Here's what we're working on for the next hour of CNN NEWSROOM.

The logistical challenges of getting food and water to the people of Haiti a week after the earthquake. Should the military be in charge? We will talk with a retired lieutenant general who thinks so.

And a sad and tragic legacy of the earthquake, the many Haitians who lost limbs facing life now as amputees. Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will have that story.


HARRIS: For better or worse, till death do us part -- words one husband clung to faithfully in Haiti. He refused to give up hope, though his wife has been buried beneath the rubble for almost a week. ITN's Bill Neely was there when -- well, enough said.


BILL NEELY, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): In the ruins of Haiti, the signs aren't good. It's day six, the diggers tear at the rubble making survival beneath unlikely. The scavengers at the bank search for money, not the living.

One man looks on. Raja still believes his wife, a bank worker, just might be alive. He rushes in every time ground is cleared.

This time, someone hears a noise.

He calls for silence. Then for his wife, Jeanette.

OK. She's there. She's alive!

NEELY: "OK, she's there, she's alive," he says. They scrape away stones to expose a small hole and allow the first light to reach the woman in six days. Her husband, overwhelmed. "I can hear Jeanette talking."

I put a microphone in and ask her if she's injured. "Yes, she says, my fingers are broken." She tells me, "I need water. It would be a great pleasure. I'm thirsty and I can't see," she says.

Then, a message for her husband. "Even if I die, I love you so much. Don't forget it."

The risk of her dying remains. Not her husband nor anyone here has the equipment to get her out.

(on camera): Would you like to take a look?

(voice-over): Suddenly, help arrives, firefighters from Los Angeles.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: I can see her hair right there.


NEELY: They push a tiny camera into the hole and Jeanette is revealed. Her head is moving.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: All right, we're going to get you something to drink first.

NEELY: They get her water and then begin cutting into the cables and beams around her. The light is fading, hope is not.

Then, our first clear sight of her. Dust in her eyes, smiling, wincing, but alive.


TERRY DEJOURNETT, LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT: Amazing, she's in incredible shape for the time period she's been in there.

NEELY (on camera): Are you confident you'll get her out?

DEJOURNETT: Oh, yes, I'm very confident.

NEELY (voice-over): There is just one major worry now, an aftershock.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: We may not have a whole lot of time. Once it goes, it goes, OK?

NEELY: On a camera they've seen Jeanette's hand pinned under a beam. Free it and she's free. A rescuer reaches her hand, she is in pain.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: Hang in there, Jeanette.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: All right, Jeanette, we're almost there.

NEELY: But within three hours of first hearing her voice, she emerges.


NEELY: Her first words, "Thank you, God." and then an astonishing moment.


NEELY: The words of her song "Don't Be Afraid of Death." She told me she always thought she'd survive but she wondered why this had happened to her.

(on camera): Did you think you would live? Did you think you would live?

JEANETTE: Yes. Why not?

NEELY: Well, this has been an absolutely remarkable rescue. The most remarkable thing of all is the life that's bursting from this woman's lungs. But obviously, six days after this earthquake, the chances of finding anyone else alive in this rubble are now very slim.

UNIDENTIFIED FIREFIGHTER: All right. Nice and easy.

NEELY (voice-over): Jeanette is alive, and for her husband, it's a miracle. But her survival is the exception in a city of death. She drove away as if nothing had happened to see for herself the horror that had been hidden from her.

Bill Neely, ITV News, Port-au-Prince.