Reunited: Husband and father returns from Haiti

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - It's not an unusual sight to see kids trying to get a look at the airplanes coming and going at the airport. But this was different.

The Phareau brothers didn't care about the airplane arriving at the St. Lucie County International Airport. They desperately wanted to see one of the passengers on board -- their father.

School teacher Renee Phareau's husband, Michelin, was in Haiti when the earthquake struck.

She agonized for days over whether the father of her two sons was dead or alive. "Just a couple of weeks ago, I did not know where he was and did not know anything about him."

Her husband eventually called from Haiti -- he was fine.

But it took several more days before he could get out on a Missionary Flights International plane.

Tuesday afternoon the family was reunited. There were smiles and tears. "Tears of joy today [Tuesday] instead of tears of worry and tears of concern," said Renee Phareau.

The boys clutching their dad. "I love them so much. I missed them so much," said Michelin Phareau.

The reunited family planned dinner out and a movie. "I have no words to express how happy I am that he's finally hone. I can touch him. I can kiss him," said Renee Phareau.

But the rest and relaxation will not last long.

Despite the imminent danger, Michelin Phareau says, he wants to go back to Haiti to help his church and family rebuild. "I have to go back to help people over there, because I like to help people. I can still do it because God protected me from everything."