Airman worries about daughters in Haiti

By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX0 - A young airman training at Keesler Air Force Base, has been watching the events in Haiti with great interest.

His name is Michael Ferguson, and he came to Keesler only a week ago for some pharmacy training. His wife is a native of Haiti, and that is where their two small girls, both under the age of two, have spent the past few weeks.

When Michael and his wife heard about the earthquake, they tried to call Haiti to check on their girls.

"We could not reach anybody. The phones lines were down. We kept calling and calling," Ferguson said.

Like millions of others, Michael has watched the news reports of death and devastation on Haiti and has felt powerless to do anything.

"At some point, you just turn the TV off and you pray. I have not gotten much sleep the past couple of days. I have not been sleeping," an exhausted Ferguson said.

Finally, at 5:00 am Friday, more than two days after the earthquake, a relative reached Michael's wife's family in Haiti.

"My wife's aunt, had been trying for 24 hours, just kept mashing the same number over and over again," he said. "I don't know how she got through but she got through one time. "

It was the news that Michael had prayed for since hearing of the earthquake. Although the family lives in Port Au Prince, the epic center for the earthquake, the family was not hurt.

"They are safe for the time being. That is the last information we got for them," Ferguson said.

There are many obstacles that still remain. Michael still has not spoken to his wife's relatives or his girls in Haiti.

"They are outside right now. They don't have phones," Ferguson said. "They don't have any resources to communicate with us."

For Michael, there are many sleepless nights ahead, until he can see his girls again. Right now, he has no idea when that will be.

"I want my kids home. That is it. That is all I want right now."

Hopefully, Michael's wish will come true soon.

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