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Actor and Humanitarian Harrison Ford Assists Operation Smile's Relief Efforts in Haiti
Date:2/11/2010

NORFOLK, Va. Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation Smile supporter, legendary actor and humanitarian Harrison Ford piloted his Cessna 208 Caravan to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Saturday, February 6 to command a remarkable airlift of Operation Smile medical volunteers and supplies into Hinche, Haiti to provide much needed treatment for earthquake victims. Mr. Ford decided to volunteer his time, piloting skills and aircraft in response to an urgent request from Operation Smile, Inc. for logistical support after the organization announced that it was sending three additional medical teams and over 2 1/2 tons of medical supplies across three locations in Haiti.

After battling three days of adverse weather conditions between Los Angeles and Miami during last week's winter storm, Mr. Ford made several trips over a two-day period to a remote dirt landing strip in Haiti and delivered a team of 20 volunteers that included plastic surgeons, an orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologists, and eight nurses along with critical medical supplies. Given the logistical challenges and difficult travel routes from the Dominican Republic to Haiti, Mr. Ford's efforts significantly sped the process of getting the medical team and supplies to Hinche so care could be given most expeditiously to children and adults who have been waiting for weeks to receive treatment.

Mr. Ford wanted to provide support after seeing the devastating impact of the earthquake, and noted, "This is not about me, it is just about doing what I can to help Operation Smile and the pe
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