To Haiti and Back: New Beginnings, on New Legs

By Adam Mankoski July 19, 2010

Admantha Lizaire is a pretty typical twenty-something. She enjoys watching music videos and has plans to return to school soon to study cosmetology. But on January 12 at 9:53 p.m., she was descending the stairs from the third floor of her home in Port-au-Prince, when her world changed forever.

The 7.0 magnitude quake that struck Haiti’s capital city caused the university adjacent to her home to crumble and fall, crushing her house. The disaster pinned Admantha under debris for a day, until she was discovered by rescuers. When she was pulled from the rubble, Admantha was alive, but had two completely shattered legs.

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