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Washington run orphanage in Haiti, has become a hospital

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KENNEWICK, Wash;--Heartline Ministries is a Washington based orphanage run out of Haiti, that provides housing for Haitians that will be adopted to the U.S.

But after the earthquake, the orphanage has turned into a makeshift hospital since it was one of the only structures left standing in the area. Today I spoke with Heartline Ministries treasurer, Tom White of Sunnyside. And he directed me to the videos you are seeing now which is raw footage from the orphanage in Haiti.

White says they are seeing nearly 100 new patients each day and he is impressed with how his group has handled the transition from orphanage to hospital.  

"It was the reaction of our missionary staff there. They saw the need and literally they're still today going to the slum areas and pulling people out that are mortally wounded. Compound fractures, infections, lacerations. So it's really just a response to the need that's there. They're willing to do whatever it takes to save as many people as possible," says White.

Nearly 20 doctors have been sent to the orphanage to help with surgeries. White told me they have raised nearly 500,000 dollars, but still need about that much more to continue helping the people in Haiti, before they can return to their normal orphanage duties.