Rescue of Carroll County-based IMA World Health workers after Haiti earthquake

Richard Santos speaks to a reporter in Port-au-Prince after being rescued from the rubble of Haiti's earthquake. Trapped with two colleagues in the rubble of a hotel, the 46-year-old president of a Carroll County aid organization reached for a sucker.<br>
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"I always have a lollipop for my son to keep him happy in the car or something," a smiling Rick Santos told ABC News, describing the 50-hour ordeal that he, Dr. Sarla Chand and Ann Varghese endured. "I just had it in my bag, so we shared a lollipop."That and some chewing gum.<br>
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Santos and his colleagues at IMA World Health emerged from the wreckage of the Hotel Montana looking relatively unscathed. Their remarkable rescue brought tears of joy and huge relief to employees of the New Windsor-based organization.<br>
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"Maybe we were in denial, who knows?" IMA Vice President Douglas Bright said. "But we hadn't lost hope." Bright was "dumbfounded" by how well his colleagues looked in photos taken after the rescue. "In their words and in the words of our staff," he said, "they are well."<br>
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Santos, Chand and Baltimore resident Varghese, who manages IMA's program in Haiti to combat neglected tropical diseases, had just concluded a meeting at the hotel and were walking through the lobby about 5 p.m. Jan. 12 when the quake struck.

( Getty Images / January 14, 2010 )

Richard Santos speaks to a reporter in Port-au-Prince after being rescued from the rubble of Haiti's earthquake. Trapped with two colleagues in the rubble of a hotel, the 46-year-old president of a Carroll County aid organization reached for a sucker.

"I always have a lollipop for my son to keep him happy in the car or something," a smiling Rick Santos told ABC News, describing the 50-hour ordeal that he, Dr. Sarla Chand and Ann Varghese endured. "I just had it in my bag, so we shared a lollipop."That and some chewing gum.

Santos and his colleagues at IMA World Health emerged from the wreckage of the Hotel Montana looking relatively unscathed. Their remarkable rescue brought tears of joy and huge relief to employees of the New Windsor-based organization.

"Maybe we were in denial, who knows?" IMA Vice President Douglas Bright said. "But we hadn't lost hope." Bright was "dumbfounded" by how well his colleagues looked in photos taken after the rescue. "In their words and in the words of our staff," he said, "they are well."

Santos, Chand and Baltimore resident Varghese, who manages IMA's program in Haiti to combat neglected tropical diseases, had just concluded a meeting at the hotel and were walking through the lobby about 5 p.m. Jan. 12 when the quake struck.

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