Three years after he was nearly killed in the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, a Haitian violinist is returning to Miami to perform at the hospital where he spent a month recuperating.
Romel Joseph will perform a concert at Jackson Memorial Hospital Thursday with his two children a day before the third anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.
The concert is a way of thanking Jackson for saving the life of Rommel, who spent three months at the hospital where he underwent several surgeries and intense rehabilitation for his two broken legs and broken arm he sustained in the earthquake.
Joseph, 53, spent 18 hours trapped in the rubble of his music school for underprivileged kids, New Victorian School, which was destroyed in the quake. His pregnant wife died in the building.
Jackson treated 205 Haiti earthquake survivors in 2010, all of whom survived.
Having rebuilt the New Victorian School, Joseph is now raising money to build Haiti's first performing arts center.
Joseph, who is blind, is a Julliard graduate who trained with the Boston Symphony. His 25-year-old daughter, Victoria, is a University of Miami graduate in music performance and his 20-year-old son, Bradley, is studying economics and piano at Florida International University.