MEDICAL MISSION: Doctor Returns From Philippines

One month and one week ago, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippine islands.  Close to 200 miles per hour winds destroyed just about everything in its path.

“You feel like you have something to offer.  You want to be there to help,” said Dr. Brittany Maxwell.

The Des Moines doctor is just back from seeing that destruction first hand.  She spent nearly two weeks in the Philippines with the organization Remote Area Medical.

The volunteers were based in the city of Roxas.  Every morning, they would load up in the back of a military truck and travel to remote communities.  Maxwell said they arrived to a crowd gathered outside the church or school they set up in.  The team of doctors treated people for everything from respiratory complaints to skin infections.

“They now maybe don’t have clothes or shoes and they don’t have clean water anymore and actually a lot…

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