Dieu-Nalio Chery

Photographer + Photojournalist
     
Haitian amputee makes comeback on dance floor
Location: New York, New York
Nationality: Haitian
Biography: Dieu-Nalio Chery is a freelance photojournalist based in New York working for The New York Times, Reuters, and The Associated Press.  He was awarded the  Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club in 2019 for "best... MORE
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Haitian amputee makes comeback on dance floor
Copyright Dieu-Nalio Chery 2022
Date of Work Aug 2010 - Jan 2013
Updated Apr 2022
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Three years after the massive earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people in 2010 in Haiti, one survivor has made a remarkable comeback.

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti's capital flattened the apartment where Georges Exantus was living and he spent three days trapped under jagged rubble. After friends dug him out, doctors amputated his right leg just below the knee.

Three years later, the 31-year-old professional dancer is back on the floor, spinning away as he does the salsa, cha-cha, and samba. A prosthetic leg doesn't hold him back. If some see him as something of an outcast, his friends find him an inspiration. He’s not one for self-pity; he was determined to dance again, and did.
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