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(Toledo News Now) -
team was finalized Tuesday night to provide aid to those who have been left
with nothing in the Philippines. Eleven Toledo area residents are heading to
the Philippines Thursday.
of people were counting pills and packing them up, trying to get medical
supplies ready for the big trip.
to treat anything and everything that comes in, whether it's minor surgical
procedures to major surgical procedures," said Dr. Richard Paat, from Maumee. "Whether
it's delivering babies, or it's providing counseling for acute stress
situations, treating wounds, obviously, infections."
Paat is one of the 11 who will be making the trip to the northern island of
Panay, one of the areas hit hardest by the typhoon.
our reports, the only thing that's left there is a standing church," Paat said.
"All the buildings are down, nothing with a roof. We'll be the first medical
team and relief team of any kind into that town."
team is filled with those capable of doing the most good for those in need.
have internal medicine, pediatrics, we have general surgery, we have a dentist,"
Paat said. "We have two priests. We have a civil engineer."
isn't Dr. Paat's first mission to a disaster-stricken area. He's been to
Indonesia, Honduras, Haiti and even Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. But it
is Father Keith Stripe's first time providing spiritual support after a
disaster like this.
offer them the message of Jesus Christ, hope that this suffering and this pain
doesn't have the final say so," Stripe said.
team is in desperate need of tetanus shots and multivitamins for children and
adults. To donate to their mission, stop by ISOH/Impact or 6008 Chanticleer
Drive in Maumee.