Dallas woman dies of injuries suffered in earthquake

January 17th, 2010


A member of a Dallas mission team providing eye care to Haitians died of injuries suffered in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“Jean Arnwine passed away overnight in Guadeloupe. Doctors there tried to revive her, but were unsuccessful,” Highland Park United Methodist Church announced Jan. 15.

Another team member, Dr. Gary Fish, was with Arnwine and is working with the U.S. Embassy in Guadeloupe to bring her home. Arnwine was 49.

A group of 12 missionaries from Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas was working in the village of Petit Goave when the clinic building collapsed. Volunteers had to dig out people buried in the rubble, the church said.

Fish, who was believed to have broken ribs, was en route to Martinique with Arnwine when their plane was rerouted to Guadeloupe after Arnwine suffered complications.

The other 10 mission workers landed in Dallas early Jan. 15. Two members were treated and released from Dallas hospitals.