Local group's Haitian clinic damaged by Isaac

By Maggie Vespa

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Children of Haiti, a Heart of Illinois-based group, has provided life saving medical care to tens of thousands of Haitian children and adults, with the help of local doctors.

Eric Behrens is the executive director of Friends of the Children of Haiti.

He says when then Tropical Storm Isaac tore through the island nation Saturday, it devastated the area surrounding the group's clinic and left the building without running water and electricity.

"We're concerned for the well being of our patients at all times," said Behrens. "They are completely reliant on us, and you know, without us there providing medical care, we are not sure they will survive. Under these kinds of circumstances, the situation is just worse."

Behrens says the group was planning to send a team of doctors to that clinic, which residents call 'kay la via' or 'house of life' in a couple of weeks.

They are scheduled to treat more than 2,500 patients.

But before that can happen, the clinic needs roughly $10,000 worth of repairs.

You can help. Just head to www.fotcoh.org to donate.

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