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ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES
New Offensive in Afghanistan; Faith and Hope in Haiti; Hospital Checkup; Survival Stories; P. Diddy's Message and Mission
Aired February 12, 2010 - 23:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening. We're live in Port- au-Prince.
It has been a day of mourning here and of celebrating as well. Celebrating life, a remarkable day, in which this blood-soaked city seemed to stop and raise its hands to the heavens.
We're going to show you what it was like on this the one month anniversary of the earthquake.
But we begin with breaking news, extraordinary news about the ten American missionaries, that may, well, there's startling news that may blow against -- blow the case against them or at least the hope that some of them might get out soon.
Karl Penhaul is working the local end of this breaking story; he joins us now with the latest. Karl what have we learned?
KARL PENHAUL, CNN VIDEO CORRESPONDENT: Well, take a look at this, the man on the left put together the missionary's legal defense team. He is from the Dominican Republic and his name is Jorge Puello.
Now take a look at the man on the right. He's Jorge Torres Orellana. He's wanted in El Salvador on charges of trafficking young prostitutes.
Now, the Salvadoran police say that they think it's the same man. And today police in El Salvador issued an international arrest warrant for Jorge Torres Orellana. The arrest warrant for Orellana is on charges of trafficking young prostitutes between the Dominican Republic and Central America.
COOPER: So that man is being accused of trafficking. The photos take -- that you got tonight from the Salvadoran police, talk us through them.
PENHAUL: Ok. This is the man they know as Jorge Torres Orellana. The photo is taken from an I.D. card and police say that they arrested his wife in May. And in the same operation they found his ID card. His wife's in jail on the same charges of trafficking young prostitutes.
Now, also in that raid they found this photo on a Salvadoran passport in the name of Jorge Anibal Torres Puello. And take a look at this, this is the man I met Monday who showed up at the court in Haiti, surrounded by a groups of bodyguards. He introduced himself as Jorge Puello. He said, he'd come to organize a team of attorneys for the Americans.
So we have three photos, three names. All of whom appear to be the same man.
COOPER: And let's be careful here. I mean, do the Salvadoran police say this is the same guy that they are looking for?
PENHAUL: Exactly. Well, the police have said that these photos all look like the same man but say that they won't be able to be sure until they can compare fingerprints. For the time being the international arrest warrant has been issued in the name of Jorge Torres Orellana.
COOPER: So obviously this would be a blow to the Americans who are currently in custody if their representative was in fact wanted for trafficking. I know you've talked to this guy several times this week. What does he say about all this?
PENHAUL: First of all he offered an interview to a member of the CNN team in the Dominican Republic earlier in the day. And after that he never picked up his telephone.
And I phoned him tonight. He wasn't picking up. I talked to his secretary and she said that he had issued no comments. He apparently told "The New York Times" earlier this week that he had no passport and had never been to El Salvador.
COOPER: Did he know any of the American missionaries before he started representing them?
PENHAUL: We don't know that from here in Haiti. I suspect at least part of the answer may be there in Idaho.
COOPER: All right, Dan Simon I think is standing by in Idaho. Dan, what are you hearing, you're in Boise. You've been talking to family members of detained Americans and church members about Puello. I mean, how did this guy get hired? And how concerned are the families?
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Anderson, first of all the only thing family members have offered thus far for Jorge Puello is praise. This is a guy they trusted implicitly and somebody they thought who was acting in good faith on their behalf.
Let me explain how Jorge Puello gets hired. He makes what has essentially been described as a cold call to the church offering his legal services for free.
That call then gets routed to a guy named Sean Lankford. His wife and daughter both detained in Haiti. I spoke with Sean Lankford today. He confirms that he did hire Jorge Puello on behalf of the families and he says he's glad that he did and he says he's somebody who, quote, "Wanted to help the children."
As for the allegations, very surprised; nonetheless he says the church would work on drafting some kind of statement, a statement we haven't received as of tonight -- Anderson.
COOPER: I mean, this is obviously -- if it does turn out to be true that this man -- and it's very confusing, Dan, with all these names. With this man in the Dominican Republic who's now have been representing these families, these American missionaries who are in custody here in Haiti, he's -- there are now these accusations that he is one and the same person as a man wanted for trafficking young girls into El Salvador of all places.
I mean, it's -- it sort of boggles the mind. There's clearly as you are hearing a lot of skepticism on the part of the families. I mean, they find this hard to believe, yes?
SIMON: Well, absolutely. I spoke to another family member tonight. A guy named Eric Thompson(ph). His wife, Carla Thompson (ph), is there in Haiti. She's the one who got a leg infection early this week off of mosquitoes. He's been very concerned and terrified over what's happening to her.
But as where Jorge Puello is concerned, again, a guy he completely trusted, almost dismissive of these allegations in a way because in his mind it just did not seem to ring true. Again, he is very skeptical and he says that really Jorge Puello is somebody who was offering him and the families some compassion in really their darkest hour.
COOPER: Do we know, Karl, much -- Jorge Puello, who is the man who's representing the ten American missionaries and again, for accuracy's sake, we don't know for a fact that he is the same man wanted by authorities in El Salvador. Their pictures look similar. But as you said, until the Salvadoran authorities get fingerprints they can't say for sure.
Do we know like his background at all? I mean, is he, do we know for a fact he's a lawyer?
PENHAUL: We don't know that. That's something that we're trying to check. Now, we're trying to check on the bar register. But even if he's not registered on that he could still practice as a lawyer. On his identification information, which is registered in Dominican Republic with the electoral office, he only appears there as a businessman.
So that's pretty broad scope. He could still be a lawyer. But we're still checking into that.
COOPER: And he says he's never been to El Salvador.
PENHAUL: He says -- that's according to "The New York Times" that he's never been to El Salvador. He said he never even got a passport. That begs the question how did he get into Haiti and the Dominican Republic? COOPER: And I mean, there had been all this talk about maybe some of the missionaries being released this week, maybe even more next week, though maybe not all of them. Has that talk sort of subsided now? I mean, is the judge here focusing on this story?
PENHAUL: We don't know that for a fact. We do know that the judge is aware now of these allegations against somebody who certainly looks identical to Jorge Puello. We know also that the attorney general's office is looking at this information as well.
We had information that the first ruling that they may give on the bail application for the ten Americans wouldn't be until Monday. So essentially they've got two more -- two more days for this information to soak in.
COOPER: It just seems like the legal system and everything is really murky down here. And I mean it's very easy to kind of get lost in who is really in charge and who does what. And I mean, it seems like no one really knows who anybody really is.
PENHAUL: I think as well, because this case is developing. And in some cases it seems that the media have found out a little bit quicker even than the investigators. We know that the judge is the one who will make a final ruling possibly as early as Monday on the bail application.
But now he's sort of filtering this extra information. So we'll see what he does.
COOPER: Ok. Karl Penhaul, I appreciate it very much.
We're going to take a look, up next at the memorial gathering that really took our breath away. You're going to see what we saw, the strength of the people here in the face of so much.
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COOPER (on camera): In an event like this in the United States there would be hundreds if not thousands of police officers to keep control. There are hardly any police in sight here, but it doesn't look like they're needed. The crowd is happy to be here. They're here to -- it's a day of mourning, but they're celebrating their life as well.
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COOPER: Later, an update on the little boy whose smile can light up Port-au-Prince. Monley Elize and how he is doing now.
COOPER: We have breaking news tonight. NATO has a major offensive right now in southern Afghanistan. We are hearing about an intense firefight under way. About 3,000 U.S. Marines are taking part in the operation aimed at the city of Marjah where Taliban fighters control and have controlled for quite some time.
Atia Abawi joins me now. Atia, what are you seeing and hearing?
ATIA ABAWI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, Anderson, we are hearing gunfire. We have -- the enemy is in the city of Marjah at the moment. They are fighting.
The Marines were with, actually the 1st Battalion,6th Marine Regiment, that's the main actor in the battle in Marjah. They're the first U.S. marine boots on the ground with Afghan soldiers.
It started about five-and-a-half hours ago in the dark hours of night. And the sun is out and so is the Taliban. They are fighting back and they express a very long fight to come -- Anderson.
COOPER: Atia -- Atia that had been the big question on whether the Taliban actually would stand or fight or would dissolve and then come back to fight more guerilla style later on. For months the Taliban has been in Marjah. It's basically been a no-go area for U.S. Marines. Now, they're assaulting it head on.
Does it seem like the Taliban is, in fact, staying to fight?
ABAWI: Absolutely. Absolutely (AUDIO GAP) the last Taliban stronghold in Helmand province. And you're right in the past the Taliban, whenever the U.S. Marines, whenever U.S. Troops along with the NATO forces come into an area they tend to flee and come back. But this time it seems like they're here to stay. They're here to fight until the last stronghold in Helmand province.
And we're already hearing the gunfire. We're already seeing the engagement. We're hearing it's the company that we're with. We're hearing it across the city of Marjah with a different company of Marines that are also engaging the enemy.
So it's only -- we're waiting to see just how much they will engage U.S. Marines and the Afghan troops. Obviously this is an important battle for both sides at the moment.
ABAWI: This is largest NATO operation since the war began in 2001.
COOPER: All right. Atia, stay safe.
Here in Haiti moments today we will never forget. A sea of survivors making a joyful noise and as you'll see, it transformed A day of remembrance, a day of mourning, a month after the quake into a celebration of the spirit and strength.
COOPER (voice-over): In a park by the ruins of the presidential palace the city stops to mourn its dead.
PEOPLE OF HAITI: Hallelujah.
COOPER: "Long live the blood of Jesus," they cry. Their faith is strong in spite of it all.
On a distant podium preachers and pop singers take their turn at the mike; the crowd can barely see them, but that's not the point.
(on camera): SO we are trying to make our way through the crowd to get to the stage, but it's -- it's virtually impossible. The crowds are packed so tight here. I've really never seen anything like it.
The truth is it's not that important to get to the stage because this isn't about dignitaries. This event is not about those who are speaking. It's really an event for the people of Haiti themselves.
(voice-over): Clutching Bibles and babies, they stay for hours in the heat, many have no homes to return to.
(on camera): In a crowd this size in the United States you'd probably have hundreds of police officers trying to maintain order. Here there are no police officers visible, at least I haven't seen any.
But they are not needed. It's a national day of mourning. And this is a prayer service. But at the same time it's a celebration, a celebration of life. And everyone here is thanking God that they're alive.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hallelujah.
COOPER (voice-over): There are songs and smiles, somber, silent prayers as well, clutching photos of loved ones and the lost. It's rare to hear such silence in this city. Margalita Beljumer (ph) lives in New York but arrived in Haiti one day before the earthquake. Why did you want to be here today?
MARGALITA BELJUMER: Today the meaning of this gathering, it's like a journey of deliverance. That we're looking for deliverance after what happened on the 12th, everybody is searching for some kind of comfort. And getting together means a lot to the Haitian people right now.
As you can see, I don't think this has ever happened before; a gathering like this, so many people. A lot of people here didn't expect to live to see this day. You understand? So the fact that we're all here like this means a lot.
COOPER: This is the month anniversary. And I think a lot of people watching this maybe in America think this is something that happened a month ago. But in truth this is still happening every single day.
BELJUMER: It's still happening because every day you feel a little shake. Every day -- there are people that still haven't recovered family members, children, fathers, mothers. So it's happening -- it's an everyday thing for people in Haiti.
COOPER: The disaster continues every single day.
BELJUMER: It does. It does. COOPER (voice-over): The disaster does continue. The dead are still mourned. And the struggle to live goes on.
COOPER: It was an incredible day. I wish you were here for it.
When we come back, inside General Hospital; what has changed since our first, frankly, horrifying visit one month ago. Still devastating for the volunteer doctors and nurses.
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DOMINIQUE VALENTINE, NURSE PRACTITINER: To actually know what's going on, they have to be here to experience it. Because I know when it first happened, I was glued to CNN. That was like my lifeline. I was hooked to it. Until I came here and saw the reality of what's there. I think you have to really come here to feel it.
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COOPER: And later, how those pulled from the rubble are doing today. You're going to see her reunion with the doctor who saved her life, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
We'll be right back.
COOPER: It's the one-month anniversary of the earthquake. And the question I get asked a lot when I call home and talk to friends and family, "Is it better?"
And of course, the answer is technically is yes. It is better. Things are better. But they're not good. And they're not normal. And they're not good by any stretch of the imagination.
We've been spending a lot of time today going to places that we were a month ago or even two weeks ago to see how it compares to the way it is now. And in a moment we're going to introduce you to some of kids that we met, even some of the kids we saw being pulled out of the rubble in those first couple of days after the earthquake. We're going to give you an update of how they are doing.
But we wanted to take you back to General Hospital which is a place that Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited an awful lot and also that we went to immediately after the earthquake to take a look at how it was then and how it is now. Take a look.
COOPER (voice-over): The last time we were in General Hospital about a week after the earthquake, supplies were low and frustration high.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've had enough. Ok?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have fun, I've had enough.
COOPER: In the pediatric tent a girl constantly screamed in pain. Haitian and American doctors and nurses were doing the best they could.
DOMINIQUE TOUSSAINT, NURSE: I don't even have something to wash my hands. I have one bottle of hand sanitizer. We can't do anything under sterile technique. It's impossible not to have horrible infections.
COOPER: Now one month since the earthquake General Hospital is calmer. But for the volunteer doctors and nurses it is still overwhelming.
VALENTINE: This lady got raped and there's nothing in place to help her. There's no resources and nowhere to go. And she's dealing with it alone. She's afraid to go home. She cannot tell her husband. And she has to put on a good face when she goes home. That is very heartbreaking.
COOPER (on camera): Do you think people really understand what's happening?
VALENTINE: To actually know what's going on they have to be here to experience it. Because I know when it first happened I was glued to CNN. It was like my lifeline. I was hooked to it until I came here and saw the reality of what's -- what's there. I think you have to really come here to feel it.
COOPER (voice-over): Dr. Sophia Lubin (ph) is an ob-gyn from New York. She's been here a week and leaves tomorrow.
(on camera): So what's it been like for you?
DR. SOPHIA LUBIN, OB-GYN: Well, initially we were just so excited to be here just kind of like really gung-ho because we were able to come down and give a hand. But over the course of a last couple of days it's just gotten harder and harder because reality really sets in.
COOPER: In what way?
LUBIN: The sense of just the sheer devastation, the sheer amount of things that just can't be done here because we don't have the supplies, we don't have the facilities up and running really the way they should be.
COOPER: Even now?
LUBIN: Even now, a month later today.
COOPER (voice-over): Newborn babies are watched by their mothers or fathers. Family here is essential for good care. LUBIN: After you deliver a baby your family has to come and bring a little towel to actually wipe down the baby. Something that we take advantage of so much in New York, you know, like just in the states we are so fortunate that there's nurses and techs and someone who's always there to kind of like, help with the ancillary stuff. There's nothing like that here.
COOPER: In the post partum tent, mothers who delivered this morning are allowed just a few hours rest before being sent out into the streets.
(on camera): That's got be a strange feeling. I mean, in the states you know you're sending somebody to a home. Here you don't know where you're sending them.
LUBIN: It's really impossible actually sometimes to think about it. How can we make this a better life for them? How?
COOPER: And that's what you ask yourself every day?
LUBIN: Every single day I'm here. How can I make a better life for people that are living here?
COOPER (voice-over): That is the question. That is the challenge. And it's been one month since the earthquake and there's still no clear answers.
COOPER: Yes, no clear answers to that question because so many of the system's shortcomings were here in Haiti long before the disaster. So the answer right now seems to be for everyone to do what they can and do the best they can.
Sanjay Gupta certainly has. And this week he's been revisiting some of his patients. Patients we've all gotten to know. Take a look.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): January 18th we got a call; "Come quickly." A 12-year-old girl broken by the rubble, cement embedded in her brain. The U.S. military asked me to help.
That was the last time I saw Kimberly until today. We received word that Kimberly is alive, doing well and, in fact, ready to go home. It was time for a follow-up visit, a house call.
Now, we expected her father to actually come here and meet us for this reunion, but we're told he didn't have enough money to get transportation to come down to this port. So instead the rescue worker who helped rescue Kimberly is going to come and collect her and take her back to her father.
Kimberly was healed. And it was so good to see that smile aboard the world class "USS Comfort". Just a typical 12-year-old, showing off all the new toys that she's received.
(on camera): One thing that's sort of surprising is that Kimberly really didn't know up until just now that she was on a ship. It's such a big place that she actually thought she had been transferred to the United States. So she's actually about to see the water outside for the first time and recognize that where she's been for the last several weeks.
(voice-over): Kimberly knows just moments from now she'll be reunited with her father.
The truth is I wish I could end the story right here, but that would be unfair to Kimberly. And thousands more like her.
(on camera): And this is -- this is part of what happens here in Haiti. You know, Kimberly obviously is doing well medically, but now this is really about the rest of her life.
And what's going to happen to her. How she recovers from all this?
They used to have a home. Now they don't. He used to have a job, now he doesn't.
(voice-over): What you're looking at is their new home; her recovery room. Confusion sets in. Her eyes shift with the tragic realization. You see, because she's been in the hospital the last month she doesn't even remember the quake. The quake that she now learns took away her home, her sister, her mother.
Her dad also confused. He asks me what to do next. No medications were sent with Kimberly and the instructions, they're in English which he can't read.
(on camera): It says you need certain medications, ciprofloxacin (ph) and clindamycin (ph). Are you going to be able to get these medications?
(voice-over): Without money, he says "there's no way." In this case we point him to the direction of a free clinic. What about all these other people?
This was a remarkable day for Kimberly. Full of moments like this. But the image I'm left with is this one -- a young girl with a brain operation, struggling to recover in a place, in a country so devastated.
COOPER: I mean, it's so incredible when you think -- we all think, as you said, that the story ends there. It's a happy reunion and in the movies is that's where the story ends, but, but you know, this is real life.
Haiti is not the movies and things don't have happy endings. And I mean, at General Hospital today that we saw all of these people who would get discharged right after giving birth and they go back to a tent.
GUPTA: I know. And that's the hard part. You know, you do stories like this and part of you wants to say, ok, things are getting better and they are, to some extent. But there is so much more.
I mean, Kimberly, for me as I was sort of following her story along, was emblematic of that. She's going to do little medically I think from her operation and everything but she's living underneath that tent right now.
People don't recover like that in most places around the world. But that's what she's left with. She can't pick up her antibiotics. We were able to help her with that today. But so many other people just simply can't get the very basic stuff after the operation.
COOPER: And I mean, you know, it's a welcome to your new life, here's your tent and oh, by the way, your sister has died and the life you knew is gone.
GUPTA: And she didn't -- that was something I didn't even realize. Because she was injured during the quake and immediately taken to a hospital, when we were driving her back, we're in the car with her, she was just looking around and in total shock at what had happened.
And I wish in some ways I had protected her a little bit more against that. Because I'd forgotten she just couldn't have known. And then when she got there and looked at her own house she was completely shocked.
COOPER: Yes, I was reminded of this today because we met up with Monley, the little boy who we're going show you in a few moments. But you just realize that these are kids. And I mean, we kind of -- we've been here a month and -- you know, the last three weeks out of this month and we're kind of not used to this but used to talking about people who have lost everything.
And then you realize, you know, this is a little girl. These are little children and it's -- it's -- the death has compounded, you know tenfold.
GUPTA: The thing -- that last image, Anderson, you saw in the piece there, she's sitting on that little stool, she's holding this little plastic bag, that's everything she has in the world.
GUPTA: That is everything she owns. And she was just holding that bag because, I mean, I don't think she knew what else to do.
COOPER: It just breaks your heart.
GUPTA: It really does.
COOPER: And you go through these tent cities. And in each tent, you know, you open up any tent and you talk to people. And there is just, there is one story after another like this. And there's no real solution in sight in terms of -- it's not like we're going to say well, a month from now there's going to be new homes for people. Because I mean, that's the consideration -- that's even who knows how long it's going to take and how that's even going to be possible.
GUPTA: I don't -- I don't know how this story ends.
GUPTA: I want to come back.
COOPER: Yes, I will.
GUPTA: I know you do, too.
COOPER: We will continue covering this even if others aren't.
Coming up, what some are calling the miracle of Monley; a young boy rescued from the quake. But as you're going to see today, again, not all miracles have happy endings.
Later, tragedy at the Olympics, an athlete dies on the luge track, death just hours before the opening ceremony.
The latest ahead.
COOPER: We have more on our breaking news tonight. New details on the man who's put together the legal team for the ten American missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 kids here in Haiti. The missionaries are still in jail here.
Take a look at these photos. The man on the left is the legal adviser that they've hired. He's from the Dominican Republic. His name is Jorge Puello. The man on the right is a man named Jorge Torres Orellana wanted in El Salvador on -- get this -- charges of trafficking young prostitutes.
Now, the Salvadoran police say they think these are the same people, that it's same guy. Today, police in El Salvador issued an international arrest warrant in the name of Jorge Torres Orellana. The arrest warrant for Orellana is on charges of trafficking young women to be prostitutes in central America from the Dominican Republic. Police won't know if it's the same guy until they compare fingerprints.
Karl Penhaul talked to the legal adviser's secretary. She said he had no comment. He apparently told the "New York Times" earlier this week that he had no passport and had never been to El Salvador. He says it's not the same guy. He says that it's a mistaken identity.
We'll continue to follow it. But it certainly has not helped the case of the ten American missionaries in custody. Let's get an update on some of the other important stories we're following. Candy Crowley has tonight's "360 News and Business Bulletin" -- Candy.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Anderson.
An Olympic luger from the Republic of Georgia was killed today during a training run. The horrific accident captured on videotape just hours before the start of the winter games. We want to warn you, this is very hard video to watch.
On the final corner of the course 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili slammed into a metal pole at nearly 90 miles an hour. Doctors were unable to revive him.
A female suspect is in custody after a deadly shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Three people were killed and three others wounded. The victims were faculty members and a staff employee. No students were harmed.
Walter Frederick Morrison has died. His name may not ring a bell but the Frisbee, his beloved invention, is famous worldwide. Wham-o signed a contract with Morrison in 1957 and sold more than 200 million of the flying disks. Fred Morrison died in Utah this week. He was 90.
This was especially sad news, Anderson, for the ultimate Frisbee fanatic on the staff, Kyra, seen here with her own flying disk -- Anderson.
COOPER: It's funny, the orphanage I was at yesterday I watched a bunch of kids also playing with a Frisbee. His invention has changed the world.
CROWLEY: It really has; added a lot of fun to it.
COOPER: Yes. That is true.
Still ahead a little boy who was pulled from the rubble; his name is Monley. I hope you remember him. We've been following his story for weeks now. We have a new update tonight on Monley and some other quake survivors you may remember.
COOPER: We want to give you an update on some of the remarkable survivors that we've met over this last month.
I want to introduce you first to a child who became to a lot of people for a while the face of hope in Haiti. His name is Monley. Here with his uncle.
He was rescued from the rubble in Port-au-Prince, trapped for eight days according to his uncle. Just 5 years old. When we found him -- when we saw him at General Hospital he had just been brought in. He was emaciated; treated by the international medical corps in their clinic. We were there at the hospital.
We've been following his progress. A lot of people have been touched by him. A lot of people want to know how he is doing.
Today we went out to look for him. We tracked him down in a tent city; a makeshift tent encampment where he is living with his two brothers and his uncle and his uncle's kids. They are crammed into a small tent.
The uncle says that Monley rarely speaks. He does ask about his parents. The uncle has not had the heart to tell Monley his parents have died. So he thinks his parents are just in the hospital. At this point he doesn't know that they've died.
There is an aunt who lives in Miami who we believe -- who has said she was interested in trying to adopt all three of kids. Turns out she's not a citizen of the United States and that process may be very difficult. We're going to try to get in touch with an organization like UNICEF to see if they have any suggestions as to what to do.
The uncle saying he's had a hard time feeding Monley and feeding his brothers; there's just a lot of mouths to feed and he has no work at all.
We want to bring you up to date on two other survival stories. Anna Zizi, 70 years old; she was rescued a week after the earthquake, pulled out by a Mexican and South African search team. She was dehydrated, she needed medical attention. She was taken to a clinic next door and then dropped off.
Now the clinic said it couldn't take care of her. Her femur was broken. They didn't have the equipment for surgery. She was rescued but her life was still in danger. They said she'd die if she wasn't treated.
On the air we sort of made an appeal if anyone could help get in touch with us, U.S. military said it could help. They sent a Coast Guard helicopter, a chopper landed on the grounds of the presidential palace. They took Anna to the "USS Comfort" which Sanjay showed you before. We're told now Anna is a rehab center in Font Parisienne (ph). We're told she is in good shape.
A little boy -- also a little boy with a broken leg; his name was Johnny. We met him in the pediatric ward of General Hospital. He didn't know his last name. We were told his parents were dead. We met him. He really didn't say anything. He just sat there. He'd had surgery on his broken leg.
He was air-lifted to an orphanage on January 25. It's called Danita's Children (ph), that's the orphanage's name. They told us that 53 of the 130 kids there were received after the earthquake.
Johnny's one of three kids the orphanage is unable to find a family member for. He's gained weight. He's in good condition, we're told. His personality has come out. He's described as a joy to be around. He starts school next week. Right now there are no adoptions at this orphanage.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta has also been looking into the case of people.
You've been -- you were just looking into the case today of this man who was allegedly pulled out after 27 days in the rubble.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Right. And, you know, we went back to the hospital today to try and get some more details. There's still a little -- it's a little confusing. It wasn't even authenticated, the whole story.
Doctors really do believe him. I talked to several doctors today who independently examined him. And I asked them flat-out, I said, when they boil it all down, "Do you believe this?"
And they said, "Yes, we do." And a couple things sort of emerged. One is that it appears that he was in an area that had a lot of muddy water around him. It wasn't clean water, but it was muddy water. And he was not completely pinned, and he was able to have a little bit of movement and even be able to drink some of this water. That's what the doctors are sort of putting together now.
Remember, Anderson, we talked about this. He had told me that he believed a man in a white coat was giving him water. Now that seems like that was a hallucination, which happens in situations like this, someone who's been deprived of these basic necessities for some time.
The other thing is that he lost 60 pounds, Anderson.
COOPER: Wow. That's incredible.
GUPTA: He weighs 80 pounds now. I saw him actually sitting up in a wheelchair today. And his legs were visible. I mean, they are so thin. And it's just remarkable. He weighed 140 pounds and now he weighs 80 pounds. And so --
COOPER: Incredible. Does he have family, I mean, that are visiting him?
GUPTA: His mother and his brother have been visiting him. They were able to identify him. In fact, it was challenging, they said, because of how different he looked --
GUPTA: -- as a result of the emaciation. His feet -- his heels were lying on the ground for so long that he's actually developed third- degree burns on his heels or the equivalent of --
GUPTA: -- there are just -- sort of these ulcers on his heels. And that's really his biggest sort of issue right now. They're wrapping those. And they may have to do skin grafts on those. And he may, in fact, have to be transferred to a different hospital to get that treated. So he's putting on weight slowly. He asks for chocolate a lot. That's his food. They're giving him that.
COOPER: It is. I mean, we've talked about this before, but I mean, it bears repeating. It just -- you know, in movies the end of the story is they're pulled out of the rubble, and you know, in the United States they would get a book deal or a movie of the week or something. And here they're just one more person in the crowd.
GUPTA: I know.
And, you know, someone like him, he sort of was making this point a little bit today, although he's still a little bit confused. He was asking, "What happens to me next?" You know, his mother was trying to placate him a little bit. But they really don't have a place to go to.
So this man, Anderson, is sort of world-known, because he is probably going to be the longest-known survivor from this Haiti earthquake. But I can tell you his home, if we come back in a month, is probably going to be, again, just like we talked about with so many of the other survivors like Kimberly, one of these tents just like the ones behind us.
COOPER: Yes. Unbelievable. Sanjay thanks. Appreciate the update.
If you want to help go to AC360.com for information on how you can make a difference here on the ground in Haiti. There are a lot of different ways to do it.
Up next, P. Diddy talks about making his own history on this, Black History Month.
COOPER: February, of course, is Black History month where we all celebrate the achievements and contributions African-Americans have made in the United States. And as we reflect on past triumphs we look to the future with the men and women who are making their own history, people like Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy.
The entrepreneur and hip-hop mogul isn't just forging his own path. He's trying to pave the way for others. Education contributor, Steve Perry sat down with him for a revealing interview.
STEVE PERRY, CNN EDUCATION CONTRIBUTOR: When I talk to you I don't hear you talk about music. You don't talk about liquor deals. We don't talk about women. We talk about you and your concern in the community.
So as we begin this, what is the difference between that very public Diddy and the one that I'm always talking to?
SEAN "P.DIDDY" COMBS, MUSIC MOGUL: I think we all have to have our impact in a different way. You know, I think we were all given different paths from Martin Luther King to Obama to Oprah Winfrey. My path was through music, and particularly through hip hop music which is a very young, aggressive, very in-your-face type of art form.
And I think that over the years, you know, people have known me for being one of the premiere leaders of that. But I don't think they've seen how we have evolved and how I have evolved. You know, I'm a human being and I'm a person just like you.
PERRY: I'm often conflicted, because I'm a principal and a man. We're contemporaries. We're the same age. You do what you do. I do what I do. So the question then becomes why would I come to a brother like you who makes music to talk about what can be done within the community?
COMBS: I think that there's a lot of people that have been conflicted. I think the track record speaks for itself, that, you know, I've been able to go and show improved.
Even though my company is called Bad Boy, my group is called Dirty Money, the positive things that I have done, you know, those are the things that should be magnified. Those are the things that the kids know me for.
Now a lot of my focus is on the things that I was missing and the things that I see our kids missing.
PERRY: Like what?
COMBS: Which is education. There's still -- there's such a divide in education. It's -- when I speak to kids they hear me because I tell them the truth.
I tell them, like, I'm going to tell you the truth. You don't stand a chance. You don't even stand a chance to make it right now. If I could be perfectly honest with you, you don't stand a chance.
How do you save your life? How do you save your future? That means you have to educate yourself even five times harder than the average kid from the suburbs. You have to fight harder for your future.
PERRY: I was in graduate school in social work in Philadelphia in a time that "Ready to Die" came out. I had only heard the radio version, the radio edit of everything that was off that. Grew up similar circumstances and heard a lot of what was it. But when I heard "Ready to Die" for the first time I was stunned.
And I couldn't understand why it needed to be put on wax. I interpret it, the experience, my way. As a student at the time who knew one day he wanted to do something that would change people's lives; as somebody who wasn't sure that our experience need to be expressed in that way, and likewise somebody who couldn't tear themselves away.
That's how I interpret it. How do you interpret your work?
COMBS: "Ready to Die" is probably one of my proudest works of art because it really goes and it really, I guess, educate a lot of people on how severe and really the state of mind of the young African-American male on how it was at point of suicide for him. That's how bad things were.
Like he couldn't get a job, couldn't get an education, and when they were hustling, they were also hustling with a conscience. And I think that's the thing that really was kind of profound about "Ready to Die", his conscience.
He wasn't like a cold-blooded person; it wasn't cold-blooded like I want to be a drug dealer. And I don't care that we're killing my own people. He was trying to survive, he was conflicted, he was confused, and it was almost to the point where he wanted to give up.
And just being able to tell that truth, it startled so many people and it affected so many social workers, so many teachers, so many community activists that we feel it had a positive impact on the community.
PERRY: You write rhymes, they tell stories, you're in movies, you -- on stage. What's the part of your life that you're most proud of?
COMBS: That I didn't let myself get caught up in any limitations; Anything I put my mind to, I was going to do it. I was going to -- if I wanted to run a marathon, I was going to do that. If I wanted to star on Broadway, I'm going to do that.
There is a billboard that I have in Times Square, like I had my eye on that billboard. I dreamed that I was going to put a black image on that billboard, an African-American image, because I always remember being in Times Square and seeing the Marlboro Man and just seeing all the different other pictures and not seeing nobody that looked like me.
I wanted kids to be coming in from Louisiana on school trips in D.C. and Chicago, I wanted them to go into Times Square and see somebody like them.
COOPER: Coming up next, President Clinton out of the hospital and speaking out. Will he slow down? His response when 360 continues.
COOPER: Let's get a quick check on some of tonight's other important stories. Candy Crowley is back with the "360 Bulletin" -- Candy.
CROWLEY: Hi Anderson.
Former President Bill Clinton is out of the hospital just one day after he had two stents inserted into a clogged coronary artery. Clinton wants to get back to helping the people of Haiti and the work of his foundation.
He was on a conference call about Haiti as he was wheeled into the operating room yesterday. Needless to say, the former president has no plans to slow down.
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BILL CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I do sleep now more than I used to. And I sleep more on planes than I used to. But I have to keep working; it's what I should do. I mean, that's what my life is for.
I was given a good mind, a strong body and I've had a wonderful life. It would be wrong for me not to work.
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CROWLEY: New data today from the CDC on swine flu. From April of last year to the middle of last month, there were between 41 and 84 million cases of the virus in the U.S. The CDC estimates over the same time between 8,300 and 17,000 people died of H1N1 related illnesses. The estimates are so broad because many people don't seek medical care and that makes exact counts impossible.
From Mississippi to Georgia on up to North Carolina, a winter storm warning. Several inches of snow is expected through much of the region. Many schools and offices shut down today. Airlines canceled flights, and everyone is being told to stay off those roads.
And in Argentina a dramatic rescue caught on tape. A van stalls out on train tracks, and an unidentified man jumps off his motorcycle to push the van off the tracks just seconds before the train comes through. We found this video on Break.com.
Anderson -- wow. I don't know if you can see this. It really is --
CROWLEY: I just -- you always wonder when you see things like that, would I do that? You know. You kind of hope you would.
CROWLEY: But you never know, I guess, until you do it.
COOPER: I know. That's right. When push comes to shove, literally.
Candy, thank you very much for being with us tonight.
We'll be watching you on "STATE OF THE UNION" on Sunday, 9 a.m. Thanks a lot.
CROWLEY: Thanks Anderson.
COOPER: We are dedicating tonight's "Shot" to Haiti. The Haitian people have endured so much in the last month, and the road ahead is incredibly long. I want to show you some of my Reporter's Notebook tonight. The pictures are by Jonathan Torgovnik from Getty Images. Some of the thoughts we've had just in our time here in Haiti.
COOPER (voice-over): It's been one month.
"Is it better?" That's what most people ask. And of course, it is. It's not good, though. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It's not even acceptable, but it is technically better.
It's not saying much, though. Could not have gotten any worse.
A lot of people who haven't been here probably think what happened is old news. I know people aren't as interested as hearing about it as much anymore. That always happens, but it's still hard to accept.
Haitians, of course, are used to it. They're used to people losing interest in their plight. This time they had hoped it would be different.
It may feel like this is a month-old tragedy, but here on the ground each day it feels brand new. New struggles, new setbacks, new deaths, new horrors.
Charlie my producer, and my cameraman, Neil (ph), and I have been here three weeks out of the four. The week I was gone all I wanted to do was get back here.
Here, nothing is wasted. Nothing is fake. People look each other in the eye. They clasp your hand hard. Everything has been stripped away, gutted.
I've started to pay attention to things no one wants to hear about. I saw a puddle of dried liquid on a concrete slab and a small mound of human hair. It was all that was left of someone. There are packs of dogs that roam the streets at night. People say they've seen them feed on corpses. You hear them barking, growling deep, fighting each other in the darkness.
I see the good things here, too, the love families have for one another. The strong faith. The resilience of people. But it's impossible to ignore that Port-au-Prince is still a graveyard. How many more dead are still buried in its rubble?
I find myself crying at odd times. I'll be walking up a flight of stairs and suddenly realize there are tears in my eyes.
I was speaking to someone I hadn't seen in a while. My voice cracked, my throat tightened. I can't even remember what I was talking about. It happens to everyone, I think.
For the rest of the world it's been one month. Here on the ground it feels much longer. The clocks have stopped. The earth no longer spins. This place, these people, are once again forced to begin again. (END VIDEOTAPE)
COOPER: That's it for 360. Thanks for watching.
"LARRY KING" starts now.
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