March 5, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut sophomore Ali Aserlind, a member of the University of Connecticut women's swimming and diving team, won't be spending her upcoming spring break in a way that a typical college student might.
When she returns to her native Coral Gables, Fla., for the break, the pre-medicine major will be bound for Haiti to work at the University of Miami/Project Medishare tent hospital to perform volunteer work in the country that continues to recover from the tragic earthquake that hit it.
Aserlind has been assigned to the pediatric tent, where her duties will include transporting patients, assisting the physicians and nurses and "play therapy" aimed at diverting the attention of children from their injuries and illnesses. Aserlind currently carries a 3.7 grade point average at UConn.
Her mother, Dr. Cathy Bernwait, is one of the leading pediatric surgeons in Florida and the Southeastern United States. She was interviewed on the NBC news from Haiti after the earthquake happened while she was volunteering. Dr. Bernwait is currently back in Florida, but will make a second trip to Haiti with her daughter.