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Unformatted text preview: Kidnapping case affects airlifts of ill Haitian youths BY IAN URBINA 9 February 2010 The New York Times PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Private medical evacuations of critically injured Haitian children to the United States for treatment have largely stopped because aid workers, doctors and government officials are worried about being accused of kidnapping if they transport the children without first getting paperwork that is slow to arrive or is unavailable . Before 10 Americans were arrested trying to take children out of Haiti late last month, the largest pediatric field hospital in Haiti was airlifting 15 injured children aboard private flights to the United States each day. But since the arrests, it has been able to evacuate only three children on private flights to American hospitals, said Elizabeth Greig, the field hospital's chief administrative officer, who has been in charge of trying to get the necessary Haitian and U.S. approval. At least 10 other children have died or become worse while waiting to be airlifted out of the country, she said. Dozens of children are in critical need of care, and there has been no shortage of American hospitals or pilots...
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