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Kennewick woman in Haiti

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  For health care worker Heather Hill, thousands of miles never seemed closer.  Her best friend Patty Thomas is still working at an orphanage in Haiti.

"Patty is where she belongs," says Hill.  "When I heard the news of the earthquake, the first thing I thought is 'is she okay'?"

Patty is okay; the roof of her orphanage was damaged, but not her spirits.  Now it's up to Heather to build the care packages.  Band-aids, gauze, hair braids--help the health district wants to give but can't.         

"But what we can do is make sure to help the people going to these places to be vaccines and we're already booking appointments and getting them in quickly, because there's no time to waste here," Hill adds.

It is a third world country in desperate need of help, something Patty will make sure the children get.

"She would talk about improving their lives, not in leaps and bounds, but the fact she was able to maybe get one person to maybe smile."