Haitian Children Rescued By Ed Rendell Doing Well 1 Year Later

01.20.11 | Sarah Harnisch

One year after a rescue flight with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell beside them, singing hymns to stay calm on their flight to Pittsburgh, fifty-four Haitian children are doing well. Dania Brock is no longer afraid to go to the bathroom at night, haunted by rats in the outhouses of Haiti. Ketia Brenner is learning three languages -- English, Spanish, and Hebrew -- and spending Friday nights eating popcorn and drinking root beer by a fireplace in Seattle. Jimmy Lopp, the unofficial "mayor" of his Port-au-Prince orphanage, is saving money for a dirt bike and learning to play drums in Colville, Washington. These three, and fifty-one other kids, were saved and sent to adoptive families a week after the devastating earthquake on January 12th, 2010. That airlift by Ed Rendell was the first of of many, that would -- over four months -- save the lives of 1,100 Haitian children.