Rendell Brings Haitian Orphans to PA

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The New York Times reports that Gov. Ed Rendell brought 53 Haitian orphans to Pittsburgh following the devastating quake. "Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania played an instrumental role in bringing the first planeload of children out of Haiti, and the bureaucratic difficulties his team faced underscore the legal and moral complexities of transferring hundreds of children to a new country in the middle of a catastrophe that has crippled the Haitian government. 'There were many times we thought we were coming back with no one,' Mr. Rendell said Tuesday in Pittsburgh. After an all-night journey on two planes, the children — some wrapped in blankets, some carried by nurses and doctors, some walking and waving — came off a donated jet at Pittsburgh International Airport just after 9 a.m. and were taken by bus to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of U.P.M.C. with a police escort. Some of their adoptive parents waited anxiously while doctors examined the children, most of whom are under the age of 4."

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