Racine Couple Loses Family in Haiti Quake
RACINE - A couple in Racine, who was waiting for word for nearly two days on the conditions of family members after the earthquake rocked Haiti, received some painful news.
Don Pitchers says that his wife, Stephanie Batrino-Pitchers, has lost her great uncle, her uncle and his wife.
He explained that they were having dinner when the quake struck, and the house collapsed in on them.
That's among the incredible loss in the Carribean nation.
Stephanie's grandparents migrated there from Lebanon, and Stephanie's grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins and even her sister were still there, stuck in the quake zone.
"She was actually on the 3rd floor when the building collapsed," said Stephanie.
"She was able to slide down the rubble and get out. She does know there are at least two of her co-workers that had been killed in the collapse."
Her sister has cuts and bruises, but miraculously will be OK.
Stephanie described communication as very difficult in Haiti, an impoverished country with very poor infrastructure.
"(Her sister) said to expect e-mails from people we don't know," said Stephanie. "It's kind of like they are doing this tag team. Anyone can get word out that people are safe, they are trying."