February 8, 2012 - On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which left the already impoverished nation in ruins. For Haitian physician Jean-Maurice Duval, the earthquake became a personal battle for survival when he woke up to find himself trapped in the rubble of his two-story house. Now, with the help of Juliette Egnatz, admissions recruiter for Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and a family friend of Duval, he has written a book chronicling his journey.

“Raising from the Rubble” is a captivating account of how Duval, in spite of his life-threatening injuries, discovered in himself the strength and will to survive in the hopes of being reunited with his wife and three children who were residing in the United States. This true story is a testament to the power of faith and human perseverance and is a moving depiction of the fraternity, unselfishness, generosity and empathy of people toward one another in the face of extreme adversity. Duval’s survival in spite of the odds changed his outlook on life and motivated him to share his story in the hopes that it would inspire others to find the same hope, faith and resilience to prevail in their own lives. The book is available for sale from major online retailers, including

Egnatz and the members of the Duval family befriended each other eight years ago when they met in South Florida. In addition to Egnatz’s personal connection to a family profoundly affected by the Haitian earthquake, LMU-DCOM students and faculty have taken up the cause of the Haitian people and have made three medical mission trips to the island nation in the past two years. The next mission trip is scheduled for spring break 2012.

Egnatz received her bachelor of arts degree in international communications and journalism, summa cum laude, from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla, in 2005. She has served as a newspaper editor and in retail human resources and management before beginning her career in higher education recruitment in 2009.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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