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People for Haiti lend a helping hand

Pasco County, Florida -- Wednesday morning a small number of Pasco County physicians and other volunteers who are part of a group called People For Haiti will make yet another journey to deliver medical attention and love. 

Dr. Robert Ferreira has been treating patients for 18 years, but there is one ailment he can't seem to cure, his desire to help people in need.

"We do mainly primary care, we do deliver babies, we take care of traumas," Ferreira says.

Wednesday's trip will mark Ferreira's fifteenth to Haiti. He and his fellow volunteers will treat 300-400 people a day -- up to 1,300 for the trip.

"I go back because of the people specifically the kids," he says.

The People For Haiti group stays at a local orphanage, where during a past trip Ferreira met a very special little boy named Jerry.

"I first met him it was my third trip to Haiti, my second time staying at the orphanage when it just...he kind of picked me," explained Ferreira.

Jerry is now 11 and Ferreira hopes to finally complete the adoption process within the next few months and bring Jerry to his new home. 

The doctor's desire to help the Haitian people, so devastated by the earthquake, has meant more to him than he ever thought possible. 

"It's crazy. I didn't go to Haiti looking to adopt a child. I went just to score some points in heaven and it just worked out a different way."

A different way for both Jerry and Dr. Ferreira.

If you'd like to help People For Haiti, the group has a charity golf tournament scheduled for Feb. 23.


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