2 Haitians helped with surgeries in Kansas

GALENA, Kan. (AP) — Two Haitian women are the latest recipients of Joplin groups helping people in their country.

Beatrice Massier and Esther Julnide both received new right hips in surgeries performed last week at Premier Surgical Institute in Galena, Kan. They were released Monday and will receive physical therapy for the next five weeks in Joplin.

Julnide was born with a hip defect and has walked her entire life with a limp. Massier was injured after being buried in rubble in the January 2010 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1jINA9F ) the surgeries continue a tradition of the Joplin area helping Haitians. Joplin doctors, volunteers and youth groups routinely travel to Haiti to work at a hospital run by the Haitian Christian Mission, a relief organization with ties to Joplin.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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