Kesner "Salvi" Salvent shows the surgical scar on the back of his neck in Lyman, Maine. Buried alive for four days after January's devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Kesner "Salvi" Salvent didn't know whether he would live to walk, see the sun or ride his motorcycle _ or pick up his brush to create more colorful paintings showing the landscape and people of his native country.
When rescuers found him under a pile of rubble in Port-au-Prince, Salvent had a severe spinal cord injury. Unable to move, he was shuttled from hospital to hospital until he was taken to a U.S. Navy hospital ship, where he underwent surgery. Click here to read more
He's back painting now, after months of additional rehabilitation in Maine that has included conventional therapy in a hospital, as well as occupational and physical therapy at a horse farm that has helped strengthen his hands and fingers by driving a carriage. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)