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Doctor who survived ambush, shooting in Haiti shares survival story at Delray Medical Center

Posted at 10:47 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 18:59:12-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A doctor who nearly lost his life in a dangerous ambush in Haiti shared his dramatic story of survival on Thursday afternoon.


WPTV first broke the compelling story of Dr. Doug Burbella last month.

Doug Burbella was shot multiple times on April 4 while driving to a remote school outside of Port-au-Prince as part of a missionary trip.

"I knew there was nothing I could do but reach out to God," said Burbella at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Delray Medical Center.

Burbella was shot in the neck, cheek, and shoulder by militants he believes were trying to rob him.

"This was vicious. I don't know what sparked such aggression in them," said Burbella.

He was airlifted to Delray Medical Center, where he's been recovering ever since.

"I didn't want to leave my wife and my son," said Burbella. "And I didn't want to cut short my mission because I've always felt God has a big plan for me, and I need to finish strong."

"This is really a miracle story," said Dr. Ravi Randhawa, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon who's been treating Burbella. "We're expecting a full recovery. There's a lot of luck here."

Burbella said he was in Haiti to help look for boat storage. The Living Water Ministries is trying to bring a boat to Haiti to help transport people around the area he was shot in.

"We can pick up people from Port of Prince with the boat and go around this dangerous highway right to the land," said Burbella.

Burbella added he will go back to Haiti as soon as he can and finish his work to help bring the boat from Fort Lauderdale.

Burbella will be released from the hospital soon, according to a hospital spokesperson. To donate to his recovery, click here.