In a powerful episode of Dateline, Ann Curry travels to the remote hills of Haiti, following a group of American volunteers on a risky rescue mission as they take a giant leap into the unknown to save lives and transform the village of Medor. Airing Sunday, January 9th at 7pm/6c, Curry reports on how the fight to save this village is also a fight against time. Dateline cameras follow this group of brave volunteers as they parachute into Medor, treat more than a thousand people suffering from cholera and other diseases, and build an airstrip on tough, impenetrable terrain in the hope that it will help connect this isolated village to the outside world. With the odds against them, they must complete their mission in just 12 days.
A story of courage and selflessness, these volunteers battle against extreme conditions to help as many patients as possible and bring a glimmer of hope to a forgotten people. Throughout the hour, viewers will learn why this mission is so personal to these volunteers, including the mission leader Stan Brock. A humanitarian and life-long adventurer with 25 years experience leading medical missions to poor areas, Brock knows the risks and obstacles facing his group of tireless volunteers— but he also knows their work is critical to Medor's survival.
"There's no sanitation. There's no electricity. There's no running water. There's no way in in a vehicle. There's no way in by air. And, now, you've got a cholera epidemic and people are dying. So, the only way to describe it, is extreme."
Watch Ann Curry's preview of 'Rescue in the Mountains' below: