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Haiti's Desperate Needs, Brought Home

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Haiti’s Desperate Needs, Brought Home

In Wednesday's newspaper is the latest in an occasional series on health care in a typical community hospital by Inquirer writer Michael Vitez. He has been embedded with Abington Memorial Hospital since last fall.

His story, with my photos, is about Jenkintown oral surgeon Steve Moriconi who went to help with Haiti’s desperate medical needs and couldn’t forget what he’d seen. He was determined to see one case through.

While treating quake victims in Haiti, Moriconi found a tumor in the jaw of a 31-year-old woman. Back at home, he was haunted by the knowledge that without help, she would surely suffer and even die. "We have to try to bring her here," he said, and his hospital, friends, family and coworkers brought Adeline Joachim to Abington for surgery.

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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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