Injured man one year after Haiti quake

Eriek Louis

January 12, 2011 8:24:00 PM PST
One year ago Wednesday, a 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti.The destruction and the toll on human lives were devastating.

One of the victims spent four days on the streets of Port-Au-Prince with burns covering 30 percent of his body.

Eriek Louis was driving near a gas station in Port-Au-Prince on January 12, 2010, when the ground started shaking, then a flash.

"If God was not there, I would be dead now," said Louis through a translator. "Before that thing happened, he had some revelation. Some dream that God would be with him with what was about to happen."

His injuries were so severe that his wife, Yvita Louis, had to carry him 10 miles to safety. Only to find there was no one to treat him.

"When he tried to recognize himself, that's when he recognized that his whole body was completely destroyed," said Eriek Louis through a translator. Four days later, a Tennessee doctor spotted him and got him to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

"This is the first place that received them and helped them with the healing of her husband," said Yvita Louis through a translator.

Eriek Louis spent more than four months in the hospital and then more than five months at a family house.

For now, the couple says they have no plans to return to Haiti's capital.

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