David Pierre-Louis tried calling his mother in Haiti for 36 long hours following the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12 before he made the decision to leave his home in Seattle to find her.
Not knowing what he would find, David made his way to a neighborhood he once knew looking for the block where his mother, Augusta Pierre-Louis’ house once stood.
He told Katie Couric, “I’m just walking, trying to find my mom.”
He heard a scream, “David!” She was alive. It was a very emotional reunion. David said, “It was very surprising to see her there, the way the house was,” he said, “She shouldn’t have survived.”
“Thank God I’m here,” she said. “I not die.”
It wasn’t long before David found himself handing out bandages, first aid creams and antibiotics, medical supplies he had brought in for his family. Katie Couric reported he was faced with a sea of injured and with the help of a neighborhood nurse, his mission changed in an instant.
“For whatever reason, medical supplies are not getting to the country like they should,” David said.
During the four days he was in Haiti, David made lists of everything he needed to bring back to save more people.
Tuesday David prepared to return to the U.S. and said on his Facebook page, “As I get ready to leave for the states. It’s sad to see how many people are at the airport. They’ll leave and most will never come back. Definitely broken hearted. The sadness in their eyes can only begin to describe what their story was like.”
He continued, “Some lost close ones, some nearly escaped death, but to be alive and walk away from a country they love probably hurts just as bad! Please understand this is a task that’s going to take a long time to heal a very long time! Prepare yourself for the commitment I will ask of you!”
Now back in Seattle he plans to host daily fundraisers this week and then plans to return to Haiti in the next week. His goal, he said, is to go there and save one soul at a time.
David, with the help of six other venues in the Washington University area, raised $4,000 in a fund raiser at a jazz club he’s been running for the past two years.
“I’m going back,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”
Last Saturday he wrote on his Facebook page, “I found my mom! Wade, I found your Uncle… they are SAFE! Everyone, get the word out! We need MEDICAL SUPPLIES! Antibiotics! Food WATER…“
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He is a man willing to risk everything to help those in his homeland.
David Pierre-Louis Facebook page