Thursday, June 17, 2010

Youngsters return to Haiti home after months in Wilmington, North Carolina

Carlens Delfils' once-split hand is whole again.

Five months ago, the Delfilses came to Wilmington, an unknown place for the Haitian family who landed here through a connecting chain of missionaries and local doctors so that 13-year-old Carlens could undergo surgery.
After months of rehab and a second surgery to loosen scar tissue and tendons in Carlens' right hand, which was nearly severed from falling debris in the quake, the teen is happiest that he can once again catch a soccer ball.

“I want to play goalie again,” said Carlens, who will continue to wear a splint for the next year while he is in Haiti.

Carlens and his 9-year-old sister, Farah, head back to Haiti on Friday, flying out of Raleigh to the country they haven't seen since days after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake Jan. 12 felled more than 100,000 homes and killed as many as 300,000 people.

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