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Tri-Cities health care worker returns from Haiti

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  You've seen the pictures on television, but for health care worker Heather Hill, she's seen them in person and now has her own pictures.

"We came over the mountains and started dropping into the airport, and all of a sudden there are the tent cities and the cardboard houses and the tin houses just whizzing by our windows.  And it got dead silent.  I think everyone realized there's no turning back.  We're here," she says.

Hill spent five days in Haiti treating the wounded.  And it was harder than you can imagine.

"As soon as I found myself listening too much to their cries, and many of them were little children, then you're not effective."

Hill went with her daughter Darcy, a medical student.

"I'm very glad she was there.  And when it came time to dig into a really, really ugly wound, I knew I could turn it over to her and say 'debris this wound' and she'd do it."

They couldn't keep track of everyone they helped treat.  They just knew any help was better than no help.  It was a unique experience she won't soon forget.

"Darcy said it perfectly when she said 'mom, we've been to the armpit of Hell and back, and boy do I feel good.'"